|An OPP officer monitors traffic halted near the Blue Water Bridge in this file photo. (QMI Agency)
SARNIA, ONT. - A suspected drunk driver from Michigan who made a couple of wrong turns before being arrested at the Blue Water Bridge has been sentenced to 19 days in jail.
Rebecca Buckley, 50, of Lexington, Mich., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Sarnia court to failing to provide a breath sample so that her blood-alcohol level could be determined.
On Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., Buckley drove into the Canada Border Services Agency's secondary inspection area as she entered Canada.
No one had told her to go to the secondary area, and she was attempting to turn around so she could return to Michigan.
Buckley came to Canada after making a wrong turn in Michigan and is inadmissible to Canada, defence lawyer Robert McFadden said.
An agency officer, who asked why she was in the secondary area, smelled alcohol on her breath. Buckley denied she'd been drinking.
She was ordered to provide a breath sample but refused repeatedly and was held in custody. She did not post the required cash bail.
Buckley had no criminal record in Canada and proving any American record would be difficult, the court was told.
She was sentenced to the 19 days already served in pre-sentence custody.
Upon her release, Buckley was deported.
A one-year driving ban in Canada was imposed.