Nanaimo RCMP drunk driver
(Larissa B, X Local - Nanaimo)

A woman is facing impaired driving charges after speeding away from police and crashing her vehicle in downtown Nanaimo.

The incident began just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday when Nanaimo RCMP responded to multiple 911 reports of three adults engaging in heated arguments between each other and random pedestrians.

Multiple police vehicles responded to the disturbance in the vicinity of Promenade Dr. and Front St.

While officers were arriving, a vehicle associated to the incident departed and was seen stopped at the intersection of Commercial St. and Terminal Ave.

An officer recognized the suspect driver. Just as the officer was activating her siren and turning her vehicle around, the suspect vehicle sped off northbound on Terminal Ave.

Just over a minute later, the vehicle crashed into a light pole at the intersection of Campbell St. and Terminal Ave, 650 metres from where they had been spotted.

Paramedics and emergency fire crews responded, and the three occupants were medically assessed on scene. None were injured.

RCMP found that the driver was displaying symptoms of alcohol impairment, and arrested her for impaired driving and an outstanding warrant for prohibited driving.

An adult male who was in the vehicle was also arrested for public intoxication, while the third vehicle occupant was released without charges.

City of Nanaimo work crews closed the intersection for several hours while they repaired the damaged light pole.

RCMP say the suspect vehicle, an older model BMW, was destroyed in the crash and towed away.

The suspect driver was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment and blew over the legal limit on two breathe samples.

She was held overnight for a court appearance on Wednesday, and investigators are also recommending charges of driving while over the legal limit and fleeing the police.

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