York Regional Police said they received a 9-1-1 call from a cellular phone Wednesday afternoon. There was no voice but sounds suggesting the call came from a vehicle.
They called back and a boy answered. Police said he sounded scared as he told them that he was in a van and that his mother was at the wheel while drinking.
The boy managed to provide his name, age, address and a description of the van before his mother noticed the conversation.
“Eventually his mother got on the phone, telling police that she had just one drink, that she was fine, before hanging up the phone,” police said in a communiqué.
Police said they were able to determine that the call came from King Township. The van was stopped about eight kilometres from that area, southwest of Newmarket.
The 52-year-old driver was taken to police headquarters in Newmarket, where she was given a breathalyzer test.
Police allege she blew twice the legal limit. She was charged with one count of impaired driving and one count of driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
The boy was handed to his father and the Children’s Aid Society was also contacted.
Tu Thanh Ha The Globe and Mail