Drunk driver sipped beer in her car

Published on February 26, 2016

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.