Suspected impaired driver causes extensive damage to building

North Vancouver

2023-04-26 10:26 PDT

File # 23-7825

North Vancouver RCMP responded to a suspected impaired driver who drove into a building and subsequently flipped her vehicle onto its side.

At around 2:30 pm on April 25th, front line officers responded to a vehicle that had driven into a business in the 900 block of W 1st St and subsequently reversed, hit a parked vehicle, and flipped her vehicle onto its side.

When officers arrived and spoke to the driver, who was unharmed, they noted signs of impairment on the driver. Officers conducted an impaired driving investigation, during which the driver failed to provide a sample of breath into an Approved Screening Device (ASD). The driver, a North Vancouver woman in her 40s, is facing charges of failing or refusing to provide a breath sample and a 90-day driving suspension. The penalties for failing or refusing to provide a sample of breath carry the same or higher penalties as someone who failed a road side breath test.

Sadly, each year in B.C., 64 people die in crashes involving impaired driving, according to ICBC road safety statistics, said Cst. Mansoor Sahak of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Even one impaired driver is one too many. The risk they represent is unacceptable, and that’s why we will continue to search for them and take them off the road."

In the case of this incident, we are just so glad that none of the patrons inside the business were injured. said Cst. Sahak.

picture of a vehicle flipped onto its side involved in an accident.

The price of impaired driving

B.C. has the toughest drinking and driving laws in Canada. If you’re caught driving impaired, you could face these penalties:

You may also have to pay a Driver Risk Premium, on top of your insurance, and if you crash while driving impaired, you're likely in breach of your insurance policy. That means you could be personally responsible for 100 per cent of the costs if you damage someone else's property or injure them (source: ICBC).

Released by

Cst. Mansoor Sahak

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-985-1311
Cell: 778-228-1619

Website: (English only)

Follow Us:

Date modified: