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Officers forced to 'physically remove' suspected impaired driver from vehicle: Guelph Police

53-year-old woman also accused of obstruction, kicking police officer
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NEWS RELEASE
GUELPH POLICE SERVICE
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On April 8, 2020 at 3:35 p.m., the Guelph Police Service received complaints from two different concerned members of the public in regards to an intoxicated adult female driving a minivan near the intersection of Water Street and Martin Avenue in the City of Guelph.

Police quickly located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Police began speaking with the female who refused to identity herself and refused to get out of the vehicle. During the conversation, police observed an unsealed bottle of alcohol on the floor of the vehicle. At one point, [it is alleged that] the female attempted to put the vehicle in drive and flee, and officers were forced to physically remove her from the vehicle. She was subsequently arrested.

During the arrest process, she continued to refuse to identify herself and kicked the shins of an officer.

Further investigation revealed that the female was related to and living with the owner of the minivan, but he had not given her permission to drive the vehicle and had just noticed that it was missing.

A 53-year-old Guelph female has been charged with:
    •    Operation while impaired
    •    Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration
    •    Obstruct police
    •    Operation while prohibited
    •    Drive motor vehicle with unsealed liquor
    •    Take motor vehicle without consent
    •    Breach undertaking x2

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on April 9.

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