A Bracebridge court recently heard that an impaired driver didn’t make it far after leaving work.
On May 24, Brandy Barnes of Bracebridge pled guilty to driving with over 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, stemming from an incident in Muskoka Lakes Township on March 18, 2023.
Court heard that on that day at roughly 9 pm, police attended a restaurant in Muskoka Lakes after receiving a call from an establishment patron. The caller said a staff member, who had appeared visibly impaired, had gone to their vehicle in the parking lot. The driver, later identified as Barnes, then crashed her vehicle into a wooden fence in the parking lot before being escorted back into the restaurant.
The police arrived and found the vehicle unattended. In the process of their investigation, they determined Barnes to be the driver. She blew readings of 160 mg, twice the legal limit.
Justice Michael Harpur said it was of particular concern that Barnes was supposed to be watching out for the intoxication level of others in her capacity as a staff member.
She was sentenced to a $1,500 fine and a one-year driving ban.
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