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OWI charges in Canada can follow you home too

Travelling to different countries can be a stressful experience. If not knowing where you're going wasn't bad enough, not knowing the laws can make things even worse. With laws varying so drastically, drivers find the different driving laws especially difficult to navigate.

For one Michigan woman this scenario is all too familiar now after being stopped by Canadian border patrols after they suspected her of drinking and driving.

According to a Canadian Border Services Agency officer, the 26-year-old native of St. Clair, Michigan was stopped after crossing the Blue Water Bridge into Canada. Officers suspected the woman of drinking and driving and order her to take a breathalyzer test.

The 26-year-old insisted that she had not been drinking and that she didn't even know she was in Canada. She explained to officers that she was simply trying to get home. She had been driving for quite some time and thought she was in Detroit.

After officers insisted further, she finally accepted the breathalyzer test, which allegedly showed her to be roughly two times the legal limit. Shortly after 1 o'clock in the morning she was arrested and charges with impaired driving. She later pled guilty to the charges and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine immediately.

Canadian authorities also placed a one-year driving ban on her record for her OWI. According to agreements established between Canada and Michigan authorities, it seems that this driving-ban is likely to be enforced when she arrives home as well.

Source: Toronto Sun, "Drunk driver didn't know what country she was in," Neil Brown, Oct. 1, 2012

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