Drunk driver sipped beer in her car

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Drunk driver sipped beer in her car

A woman who was seen drinking beer while she was driving her car in a Cornwall grocery store parking lot was sentenced recently to three days in jail.

Barbara E. Baker, 52, appeared before Chief Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown where she pleaded guilty to failing the breathalyzer.

The court heard that on Dec. 10, 2015, an off-duty police officer called 911 to report a suspected drunk driver.

An RCMP officer responded and saw Baker's vehicle in the parking lot where it looked like she was drinking from a can of beer.

The officer found a can of Coors Light in the vehicle's cup holder.

Breathalyzer samples showed Baker's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.

Before hearing her sentence, Baker addressed the court to say she was under a lot of stress at the time and knew she shouldn't have done it.

"I know I did wrong," she said.

Baker said she doesn't drink often and she noticed the beer in the back of her vehicle when she was putting groceries inside.

"That's what I turned to, and I learned the lesson the hard way," she said.

Along with the jail time, Baker must pay a $1,000 fine and a $300 victim surcharge.

She is also banned from driving for one year.

Organizations: Baker's, RCMP

Geographic location: Cornwall, Charlottetown

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  • Facts
    February 27, 2016 - 10:13

    What this lady done is wrong. She made a bad decision and will pay dearly for that. Good news no accident and noone injured.. First, people make mistakes so we should not dwell on Judging anyone. Those who throw stones dont usually live in glass houses. My point is the fact this lady and many more have received jail time from 1 t0 five days for first offence of DWI. Thats fine. How come two other drivers with extreme high reading and two accidents involved got no jail time. That is just not fair, its discrimination and also a Charter issue. Some one from the ATTORNEY GENERAL OFFICE HAD BETTER EXPLAIN THESE DECISIONS BY JUDGE DOUGLAS. How can the next person get jail time after these precendent cases. If these two cases are not appealed than we have moved away back in our fight to rid our highways of Impaired Drivers. MS Biggar had better make this a priority

  • don
    February 27, 2016 - 08:01

    there must be a mistake. a female drunk driver no way they are perfect drivers..

  • Joe Doe
    February 27, 2016 - 00:27

    DOUGLAS MUST HAVE HAD THE DAY OFF,HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN HER A WARNING.

  • No Justice
    February 26, 2016 - 15:40

    THERE IS no JUSTICE IN OUR COURT SYSTEM NOW . WHEN A GUY COULD NOT SPEAK english he got no jail time . dEPENDS WHO THE jUDGE IS gET jUDGE jUDY HERE