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Woman charged after reportedly being passed out behind wheel

Was charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance
20190614 Guelph Police Service KA
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A Guelph woman faces impaired driving and drug charges after she was found passed out in a running vehicle Monday evening, Guelph police report.

Approximately 9:15 p.m. police were alerted by a bylaw official about a female passed out near Steele Crescent and Muller Lane. Officers arrived a couple of minutes later to find the woman standing outside the vehicle.

She denied she had been sleeping and said the vehicle, which was still running, was out of gas.

Officers noted the woman appeared very lethargic and was displaying signs of impairment. She was placed under arrest. During a search of the vehicle, officers located suspected methamphetamine and four other packages of suspected controlled substances, as well as two boxes of high-end unopened tools.

At the police station an officer specially trained in recognizing the effects of drug impairment concluded the woman's ability to operate a vehicle was impaired by controlled substances.

A 35 year old is charged with impaired operation, driving while suspended, five counts of possessing a controlled substance, possessing property obtained by crime and breaching probation. Her driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and her vehicle was impounded for seven days. She will appear in a Guelph court Feb. 10.