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Abbotsford police arrest woman for impaired driving with child in vehicle

Last Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 5:26 pm PDT

FILE - An Abbotsford Police officer in uniform. (Source: AbbyPD.ca)
Summary

At 11 pm, Abbotsford Police responded to a report of a minivan speeding through red lights

Officers pulled the driver over, and were shocked to find the woman's 5-year-old daughter in the backseat

The driver was arrested and may face charges, the young child is now with her father

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – Abbotsford police say a woman has been arrested after she was behind the wheel, impaired, with a child in the backseat late Tuesday night.

At 11 pm, Abbotsford Police responded to a report of a minivan speeding through red lights, prompting police to pull the driver over.

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, was pulled over on Walker Crescent and it was discovered the vehicle was driving on the tire rims.

Officers were shocked to find the woman’s 5-year-old daughter in the backseat.

Sgt Judy Bird is with Abbotsford Police and says the whole incident is extremely troubling.

“Driving through the red lights is exceptionally dangerous for all drivers on the road,” she says. “And the possibility of having children in the vehicle is hard to put into words, the concern that we have for our citizens as well as the young people, especially the one that was in this vehicle.”

That driver then failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested, and charges for impaired operation of a vehicle are being recommended.

The child is now in the care of her father.

-With files from Jonathan Szekeres