Impaired driver hits RCMP station

Easiest investigation for local RCMP after impaired driver runs into local detachment.

  • Jul. 29, 2016 11:00 a.m.

A 31 year old Kimberley resident thought it would be a good idea to get behind the wheel of her vehicle after she had been consuming alcoholic beverages.  She then ran into the RCMP Detachment where she had parked.

In the early morning hours of July 28th, 2016 Cranbrook RCMP members became aware of an unauthorized vehicle parked “nose in” alongside several fully marked police vehicles in the police only parking area of Cranbrook detachment.

A short time later, RCMP staff observed a female enter the driver’s area and mistakenly go forward, colliding with a section of the building.  Police arrived on scene quickly and initiated an impaired driving investigation.

The 31 year old was handed a 90 day roadside prohibition.  The impact was at low speed leaving the driver and male passenger uninjured with no damage to the building.

The Cranbrook Detachment has seen 30% increase in impaired accidents over the same time period last year, according to Cst. Katie Forgeron

“Impaired driving kills,” Forgeron said. ” We all know this. Yet people continue to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when they have been drinking, thinking that it won’t happen to them.  Although in this instance the damage was minor, it only takes a moment for something tragic to happen.”