North Van woman allegedly drove drunk from court after appearing on impaired charge

Don’t show up drunk to your drunk driving trial.

That’s the advice from the North Vancouver RCMP after a North Vancouver woman netted a charge of driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit after allegedly driving away from court drunk after appearing on a previous impaired charge.

article continues below

Police got a call from staff at the North Vancouver provincial court after 57-year-old Deborah Gail Reynolds showed up late to a court date on the morning of March 29 of this year.

As Reynolds left the court, staff there “had sufficient concerns to call the RCMP and make a report,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, spokesman for the department.

DeVries said police responded quickly and managed to intercept the woman before she returned to her home in the Dollarton area.

Reynolds now faces a charge of driving with a blood alcohol reading of over .08 on that day. Reynolds has not yet entered a plea to that charge and the allegation has not yet been proven in court.

Court records show that on the day she attracted the attention of court staff, Reynolds was supposed to attend court for a trial set on charges of impaired driving and driving over .08 on July 31, 2017.

A few days later, on April 2, she was handed a 12-month driving ban and a $1,250 fine after pleading guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level over .08.

Court documents indicate Reynolds was originally handed a 90-day administrative driving ban under the Motor Vehicle Act on July 31, 2017, but appealed that decision and had a new hearing ordered in October 2017.

Reynolds was previously charged with driving over .08 in North Vancouver in February 2013  but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving without due care and attention and was fined $1,150 in March 2014.

Reynolds is set to appear in court on the new charge next month.

Read Related Topics

© North Shore News

Report a Typo or Error


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Community Events Calendar