Woman arrested in Nanaimo after alleged assaults, impaired driving

NANAIMO, B.C. — Nanaimo RCMP say a woman has been arrested after a series of incidents, including alleged assaults and impaired driving on Saturday.

Mounties say it began when a couple was driving on the Nanaimo Park Highway, with the vehicle in front of them suddenly stopping.

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The driver of the car in front got out and allegedly assaulted the driver of other car after a short conversation and without provocation, police say.

Police say the suspect then took off, driving into oncoming traffic and nearly hitting a pedestrian outside a business.

RCMP say they next responded to calls of the suspect being at a nearby beach, where they found her sitting in a lifeguard chair.

After spraying an officer with an unknown liquid, the 37-year-old suspect was arrested and now faces assault charges as well as impaired driving and refusal to comply with a drug recognition expert test.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on August 2, 2020.

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