CASE LAW - R v Thompsett

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case discusses care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired. The woman, seat belted in the driver's position, was the only occupant of an idling vehicle parked at the curb. Investigation by ambulance paramedics and police revealed that the woman did not have a medical problem and was impaired by alcohol.

At trial the woman attempted to convince the court that she knew that she had consumed too much to drive and would sleep it off in her car while it idled with the heater on low to keep her warm. The defense was not accepted and the woman convicted of being in care and control of a motor vehicle while impaired.

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