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Woman drives impaired with child in SUV, toddler home alone: York police

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS
Summary

Police said the driver was showing signs of impairment and open cans of beer were found in the SUV


A nine-year-old boy was in the back seat without a seat belt on at the time of the traffic stop


The driver is facing charges including impaired driving, criminal negligence and abandon child under 10 years


York regional police allege a Vaughan woman left her three-year-old child at home alone while she drove impaired with another one of her children in the vehicle.

On Sunday just before 5 p.m. police received a 911 call from a concerned citizen who spotted a vehicle driving erratically near Bathurst Street and Highway 7.

“Police were advised that there was a sport utility vehicle swerving all over Bathurst Street and striking the curb,” police said in a release. “Officers located and stopped the vehicle westbound on Centre Street, in the area of Vaughan Boulevard.”

Police said the driver was showing signs of impairment and open cans of beer were found in the SUV.

A nine-year-old boy was in the back seat without a seat belt on at the time of the traffic stop.

The driver was placed under arrest.

“As the investigation continued, officers found that the driver was on her way home where her three-year-old child had been left unattended. Officers attended the residence and found the three-year-old child at home alone, but in good health,” police added.

The children were turned over to their father and the Children’s Aid Society was called to investigate.

The driver, whose name wasn’t released to protect the identity of the children, is facing charges including impaired driving, criminal negligence and abandon child under 10 years.