Bracebridge, woman, 34, charged with impaired driving after ditching vehicle

BRACEBRIDGE — The case of the missing beer case — and its owner — came to a quick conclusion shortly after noon Saturday.

A witness who saw a vehicle ditch on the Falkenburg Road Saturday called police who found and charged the driver.

Police responded to a report of a single vehicle that had driven into the ditch, at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 29.

Witnesses called the OPP after watching a car drive off the road into the ditch on Falkenburg Road.

Witnesses observed people exiting the vehicle, one carrying what appeared to be a case of beer.

Police arrived to find the vehicle with no one around.

However, further investigation led police to locate the occupants at a nearby residence.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of the driver, a 34-year-old woman from Bracebridge.

The woman is charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on January 15, 2019 to answer to the charge.

Police wish to remind motorists of the dangers of impaired driving, either by drug or alcohol, especially when compounded by winter driving challenges. To legally transport alcohol in a vehicle it must always be sealed and out of the reach of the driver, ideally in the trunk or rear storage of the vehicle so there can be no question. It is unlawful for anyone in a vehicle to have an open container of alcohol.