Iqaluit woman charged with impaired driving, injuring man

An Iqaluit woman faces several charges Tuesday in connection with an incident that has sent a man to an Ottawa hospital in critical but stable condition.

An Iqaluit woman faces several charges Tuesday in connection with an incident that has sent a man to an Ottawa hospital in critical but stable condition.

Jeanine Mary Nowdlak, 23, has been charged with impaired driving, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Pauloosie Arlooktoo, 24, was hit by a vehicle around 1:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, near the Iqaluit apartment building where he lives with his mother.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., RCMP officers were called to Qikiqtani General Hospital, where police say a woman had dropped off the injured man then left.

Hospital staff told police that the woman may have been intoxicated at the time. RCMP say they went looking for her vehicle and found the woman.

Saimata Karpik, Arlooktoo's mother, told CBC News that she was called to the Iqaluit hospital around 7 a.m., before her son was medevaced to Ottawa for further treatment.

Arlooktoo's leg was broken in several places, and there were lacerations on his body. Karpik said there were also tire tracks around her son's neck.

Speaking in Inuktitut, Karpik said Arlooktoo was in a lot of pain, even though he had been given medication for his broken leg.

While Karpik said her son does not remember much about what happened, she is just happy that he is alive.

Nowdlak is expected to appear in court in Iqaluit on July 23.