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‘The dog was driving’: B.C. woman blames pet for crash that sent vehicle into ditch

A Golden Retriever sits in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle in Vancouver in February 2019.
A Golden Retriever sits in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle in Vancouver in February 2019. Global News

A woman on Vancouver Island is accused of throwing her dog under the bus after her vehicle ended up in a ditch.

Just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 1, Comox Valley RCMP said they received a report of a vehicle that had been driven into a ditch on Lazo Road in Comox.

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The investigating officer found a woman and her dog at the scene.

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Police said the 58-year-old woman told the officer it was just her and her pet inside the two-door sedan when it crashed into the ditch, and that the dog was driving.

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RCMP had suspicions about the woman’s claim and said the officer “quickly developed the opinion that this woman’s ability to operate her motor vehicle was affected by alcohol.”

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The woman was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition after she allegedly refused to provide a breath sample.

No word on whether the dog will be ditching its owner after the incident.