Snoozing Alberta truck driver damages police car, misses pedestrian

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. -- A police vehicle was damaged and a pedestrian narrowly missed being hit after a driver in northwestern Alberta was suddenly startled out of an apparent doze behind the wheel by an RCMP officer.

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Mounties in Grande Prairie say a 26-year-old woman was slouched in a truck outside a convenience store Monday afternoon when an officer tried to wake her up.

She quickly reversed the truck and slammed into a cruiser before she drove over a snowbank and narrowly missed a pedestrian before speeding away in the wrong direction.

Officers pursued her for a short distance but lost sight of the truck before they caught sight of it again soon after.

The driver was outside the vehicle and tried banging on the door of nearby home when police arrived, but she was arrested without incident and no one was hurt.

Tara Lee McInnis of Grande Prairie remains in custody on numerous charges, including vehicle theft stemming from an incident last month.



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