Sparks flying from the rims, in suspected drunk driving case
Woman charged after driving on two blown out tires
A suspected drunk driver spotted near Whitemud Drive and 53rd Avenue was driving on the rims of her front wheels, according to Edmonton police.
Two weeks ago a citizen called police to report an impaired driver getting into her vehicle in the downtown area near 104th Avenue and 116th Street at about 2:45 a.m.
The citizen told police they tried convincing the woman, who was in her 20s, not to drive away, but failed.
Police were unable to locate the woman, but two hours later a second citizen called police about a vehicle near Whitemud Drive and 53rd Avenue driving with two blown front tires and sparks flying from the rims.
Police dispatched a chopper to the area and continued to monitor the vehicle until police could get into position.
The vehicle was eventually stopped near 170th Street and Whitemud Drive. The woman driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was arrested.
The driver was charged with impaired driving and blowing over 80 mg %.
Police said the woman was one of 75 people charged last month after citizens reported drunk drivers through the Curb the Danger program.
Fifteen other drivers had their licences suspended.