A woman with a purple-painted face was found by Abbotsford Police to be impaired. These are not her prints

A woman with a purple-painted face was found by Abbotsford Police to be impaired. These are not her prints

Purple-painted perp was impaired

A woman who was painted purple and impaired found herself sleeping it off at the Abbotsford Police Department on Wednesday afternoon.

A woman who was painted purple and impaired found herself sleeping it off at the Abbotsford Police Department on Wednesday afternoon.

At about 3:25 p.m., officers had a driver stopped in the downtown area and noticed the woman pass them on a scooter.

“Obviously they do a double take, because it looks like there’s somebody purple driving a scooter,” said Const. Ian MacDonald.

Minutes later, she passed them again, going in the same direction, and appearing disoriented. The officers had finished with the previous traffic stop, and were determined to pull over the purple lady.

“She was anything but inconspicuous,” he said. “It’s not profiling – but when you see someone purple drive by, it’s hard not to notice.”

When she was pulled over, the woman, who was in her 30s, had difficulty standing and speaking.

“It becomes apparent quite quickly that she’s intoxicated,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald said her face was covered in paint, but officers did not learn from the slurring woman how it came to be that way.

“Maybe because we’re a week away from Halloween,” he suggested.

Police issued a roadside suspension, and took her to the detachment, where they “allowed her to sleep off her intoxication safely.”

He said although the woman would not be happy to receive a roadside suspension, it was “not the worst outcome imaginable” for an impaired driver.

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