British Columbia suspected impaired driver claims she was distracted by makeup

A woman who drove her Land Rover into a Tesla could face a $2,000 fine, a six-month driving ban, alcohol counseling and probation.

A woman charged with impaired driving after her Land Rover hit a Tesla in June 2021 has told police she was distracted at the time of the collision.

Oksanna Suvorov is charged with impaired driving and driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over 0.08.

A Crown prosecutor told Vancouver Provincial Court Judge Jennifer Oulton on June 23 that a police officer spoke with Suvorov at the scene.

“‘I was wearing makeup,'” the prosecutor told Oulton, of Suvorov’s conversation with the officer on July 25. “‘I am distracted'”.

The prosecutor said the officer said he heard no slurred speech but detected the smell of alcohol.

A joint submission to Oulton suggested a $2,000 fine, 18 months probation, a six-month driving ban, alcohol counseling and community service.

The judge suggested that the case be moved to another courtroom so it could be resolved. This date will likely be set for June 30.

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