Drunk woman’s car impounded after she drives to jail to pick up boyfriend from drunk tank

On Sunday night, the 19-year-old went to the Saanich detachment to try and pick up her boyfriend, who had been taken into custody for public intoxication. The 18-year-old was arrested around 10 p.m. at the University of Victoria for being "confrontational and hostile,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The teen was apparently so intoxicated “He could hardly talk and couldn't stand."

A young woman has learned the hard way that it’s a dumb idea to drive to the police station if you’ve been drinking.

On Sunday night, the 19-year-old went to the Saanich detachment to try and pick up her boyfriend, who had been taken into custody for public intoxication. The 18-year-old was arrested around 10 p.m. at the University of Victoria for being “confrontational and hostile,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. The teen was apparently so intoxicated “He could hardly talk and couldn’t stand.”

When his girlfriend showed up at the police department, the officer at the front desk explained to the woman that her boyfriend would remain in custody overnight until he sobered up.

The officer suspected the woman had also been drinking and asked how she arrived at the station. The woman claimed a taxi drove her. However, the officer checked footage from surveillance cameras outside the building and did not see a taxi pull in.

The woman was followed and stopped as she tried to get into her car, parked in the police parking lot. She admitted to driving herself to the police station and was issued a roadside breathalyzer, which she failed.

The car, belonging to her sister, was impounded and she was issued an immediate 90-day driving prohibition.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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