Nova Scotia

Impaired driver hits police wagon near casino

A Halifax police officer is nursing a concussion and some minor injuries after a 69-year-old woman, now accused of drinking and driving, plowed into two vehicles near the casino in Halifax on Monday.

Driver had minor injuries

A Halifax police officer is nursing a concussion and some minor injuries after a 69-year-old woman, now accused of drinking and driving, plowed into two vehicles near the casino on Monday.

Halifax police were first called to a two-vehicle collision in front of Casino Nova Scotia around 4:45 p.m. when a third vehicle travelling north on Upper Water Street hit one of the crashed cars and then struck the police wagon.

The officer sitting in the police vehicle was thrown out on impact.

"The officer was bounced around as that vehicle hit the police wagon," said police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages.

Paramedics treated the officer at the scene.

The woman was subsequently arrested and failed a breathalyzer test.

She’ll be back in court in October to face impaired driving charges.

Bourdages said it’s not uncommon to charge senior citizens with impaired driving, but it’s not common for a police officer to be injured in these cases.

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