Everyone knows the old adage “Mother Knows Best,” but after reading about this Ontario drunk driving arrest in Saria, you might agree she doesn’t always provide the best example.
It was just after two a.m. on a Saturday night when police came across a car with no tail lights. When it drove through a red light police decided to pull the driver over, and that’s when the entire situation derailed.
Instead of pulling over safely on the side of the road, the driver mounted the curb in the car and parked in the front yard of a house. Thankfully it was the driver’s own house, but she must have thought police couldn’t question her if she was in her own yard because she started to walk away.
The police officer told her to stop, and that’s when she threw her car keys at the passenger, her 19-year-old daughter. She told the officer she’d cooperate, but her daughter decided not to: instead she yelled at and tried to stop the police officer from getting near her mother.
It turns out that her mother was driving drunk, and after she submitted to a breathalyzer test she was found to be over the legal limit of .08. Instead of just the mother getting arrested for impaired driving, the daughter was also arrested for obstruction and taken into custody too.
Although the charge of obstruction can carry different types of penalties, an Ontario drunk driving charge is generally set in stone. If she is convicted of driving impaired and it’s her first offense, the mother in this case will:
- Pay fines up to $1,000
- Lose her driver’s license for one year
- Must install an ignition interlock in any vehicle she drives
- Be required to take Ontario’s Back On Track program
Maybe if the mother hadn’t been driving drunk in the first place, her daughter wouldn’t have felt the need to “protect” her from the police. It’s a valuable lesson for anyone who has kids and needs a reminder of how important it is to be a good role model, and how easy it is to make the wrong choice when alcohol and driving are involved.