Allegedly disabled BC driver claims he was distracted by makeup

A woman who allegedly drove her Land Rover in a Tesla could face a $2,000 fine, a six-month driving ban, alcohol counseling and probation.

A woman accused of having trouble driving after her Land Rover hit a Tesla in June 2021 told police she was distracted at the time of the collision.

Oksanna Suvorov is charged with driving a disability and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level above 0.08.

A Crown prosecutor told Vancouver provincial court judge Jennifer Oulton on June 23 that a police officer spoke with Suvorov at the scene.

“‘I was putting on makeup,'” the prosecutor told Oulton of Suvorov’s July 25 conversation with the officer. “‘I am distracted’.”

The prosecutor said the officer reported hearing no slurred speech but detected an odor of alcohol.

A joint submission to Oulton suggested a $2,000 fine, 18 months of probation, a six-month driving ban, alcohol counseling and community service.

The judge suggested that the case be transferred to another court so that it could be resolved. That date will likely be set on June 30th.

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