A Tilbury woman faces failing to provide breath sample charges after an incident on Thursday night.
Police officials say last night around 10 p.m. officers were sent to a parking lot near Massey Drive and Lyon Avenue N. in Tilbury where a parked vehicle’s horn had been going off for approximately 45 minutes.
The information police received, was that there were two small children in the vehicle and they were the ones responsible for honking the horn for such a long period of time, police officials said.
Upon the officer’s arrival in the area, he observed the vehicle driving away.
As the officer caught up to it, he allegedly observed the vehicle drive over a curb and immediately initiated a traffic stop.
As the officer approached the vehicle, he observed two small children in the back seat, one of which was not wearing a seatbelt.
In addition, as he started speaking to the lone woman driver, he allegedly could smell a strong odour of alcohol on her breath, her speech was slurred and she had a difficult time retrieving her documents upon the officer’s request.
Another officer attended the traffic stop to sit with the two young children while the other attempted to get the woman to provide breath tests as it was believed she was driving her vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The woman failed to provide a breath sample after numerous attempts.
A 34-year-old Tilbury woman was arrested and charged with failing to provide a breath sample in an approved screening device.
Through further investigation, the officer learned that the woman was also a suspended driver.
She was transported to Chatham-Kent Police Service Headquarters where she was released with a future court date for both failing to provide a breath sample and being a suspended driver.
The children were not injured as a result of this incident and were taken to a place of safety.