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Drunk driver found with three year old in car

A 36-year-old Kelowna woman is likely facing impaired driving charges after she provided breath samples in excess of two and a half times the legal limit yesterday afternoon while driving around with her three-year-old in the car.

Wednesday afternoon, the RCMP received a report of a drunk driver on Lakeshore Road near Bluebird Road.

A blue Volvo had just hit a parked vehicle and was headed towards downtown in the wrong lane, the driver's head bobbing in an apparent sleep-like state. The front passenger tire was flat from the collision.

The tire quickly disintegrated, but the woman driving the car seemed oblivious to the damage as well as other vehicles, barely avoiding numerous collisions. As she turned onto Richter Street, she narrowly missed a police vehicle as well as another motorist before coming to a stop.

Even after pulling over and interacting with police, the driver tried to take off, forcing an officer to manual put the car in park and take the keys from the ignition. Investigators noted gross symptoms of impairment and transported her to the detachment where she provided breath samples in excess of two and a half times the legal limit.

The woman's three-year-old child was in the car at the time and she was apparently on her way to pick up her 6 year old child at school. The three-year-old was not injured and both children were turned over to the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

She is facing impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and was released on a promise to appear for court at a later date.

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