Souris woman arrested for driving drunk through roundabout

Jocelyne Lloyd
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Mounties warn blood-alcohol level may still be above legal limit in morning after drinking heavily in the evening

It can take a significant amount of time for a person's blood-alcohol level to come down below the legal limit after drinking heavily, even after sleeping, showering and eating 

MONTAGUE — A woman who drove through the Poole's Corner roundabout Monday morning may have neglected to "sleep it off" entirely.

A Kings District RCMP officer on patrol in the area noticed the vehicle going clockwise through the roundabout at about 9:40 a.m. and pulled it over.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, a 66-year-old Souris woman, appeared drunk so the Mountie brought her into the Montague detachment for breath samples. 

Those readings were over the legal limit.

The incident prompted a news release from RCMP with the following warning:

"If you drink heavily in the evening, your blood-alcohol (level) may still be above the legal limit for a good part of the following day. Sleeping, eating, showering, or consuming beverages such as tea or coffee may make you feel better, but have little effect on the time it takes your body to eliminate alcohol from your blood."

The woman was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Georgetown Court  on July 3 to answer impaired driving charges.

Organizations: RCMP

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  • an island tax payer
    June 04, 2014 - 13:44

    got caught driving drunk while on government pay roll that day working with the department of highways hope the boss didn't let her flag or operate machinery if she went back to work after dinner what a danger to the travelling public or her crew she should be fired.glad I wasn't driving on the highway that day.

  • Billy
    June 04, 2014 - 05:57

    You have got to be more than drunk to go the wrong way on a roundabout.

  • Brutus
    June 04, 2014 - 04:56

    This drunk driving issue seems to be getting worse and worse on the island everyday when are people gonna get the message to STOP I would say take there license from them for good no breathalyzer machine in the vehicle that's a joke.

    • Dundas Sue
      June 04, 2014 - 17:32

      Not necessarily. Just want to go to Georgetown . turn left at Pooles Corner just like you have for the past 60 years - I know of someone who did that - and she was sober.

  • Rum and Corn Flakes?
    June 03, 2014 - 12:02

    Still drunk enough to go the wrong way around a round about at 9:40 in the morning. She must have had some snoot full the night before or perhaps she fibbed a little bit to police as to when she had her last drink?

  • Allison
    June 03, 2014 - 09:06

    I remember in the novice course to motor vehicle they said after drinking one beer you should wait one hour to drive... And for every beer it's another full hour..