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Woman accused of driving with car roof ripped off appears in court

McDonald's car allegedly struck a semi after attempting to pass another vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 4 and then drove with the roof ripped off

MEADOW LAKE – A woman charged with allegedly continuing to drive a car with its roof ripped off after colliding with a semi appeared in Meadow Lake Provincial Court Monday.

Shayla M. McDonald, 27, was arrested after Glaslyn RCMP received a report that a car struck a semi when the driver had attempted to pass another vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 4 about 32 kilometres south of Meadow Lake.

Police say that vehicle didn’t stop or remain at the scene and continued driving down the highway.

Around the same time, Meadow Lake RCMP got a call that a car with extensive damage was driving northbound on Highway 4. The windshield was destroyed and the roof was ripped off.

RCMP located the damaged car, which was headed towards Meadow Lake and tried to pull it over but the driver didn’t stop. The police continued to follow the vehicle, which drove through the city and stopped at a home on the east side.

After determining that the driver wasn’t injured, she was taken to the Meadow Lake RCMP detachment, reassessed for injuries and charged with impaired driving, impaired driving while over the legal limit, dangerous driving, flight from police, and failure to stop after a collision.

Meadow Lake RCMP say that McDonald was four times over the legal alcohol limit.

Inside the car police found six empty and one half-full alcohol bottles.

“This incident could have been tragic,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan How.

McDonald’s matter was adjourned to Dec. 20 to give her time to retain defence counsel.

The charges against McDonald haven’t been proven in court.