Nova Scotia

Driver crashes into police cruiser on Dartmouth highway

Halifax Regional Police say a driver crashed into a parked police cruiser early Sunday morning and was showing signs of impairment.

Woman, 40, faces charge for refusing to comply with police demand

Halifax police say an officer was parked on the 111 highway helping a motorist with a vehicle breakdown when the crash happened. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Halifax Regional Police say a driver who crashed into a parked police cruiser early Sunday morning in Dartmouth was showing signs of impairment.

According to a police news release, the crash happened around 5:15 a.m. on Highway 111, where an officer was helping another motorist with a vehicle breakdown.

The news release says a 40-year-old woman from Dartmouth crashed directly into the police cruiser after failing to pass around the two parked vehicles. She and the police officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital.

Police say the woman refused to comply with a demand for a blood sample, and is now facing a criminal charge for that refusal. Police can make a blood demand if there are reasonable grounds to believe a driver is impaired by drugs, or if a driver is unable to provide a breath sample to detect alcohol.

The woman will appear in provincial court at a later date.

Highway 111 southbound between the MacKay Bridge and Victoria Road extension was closed for investigators following the crash but has since reopened.

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