Vision Park Commissioner on leave after drunk driving incident

Post by Mike Klassen in


The Vancouver Sun has reported that Vision Vancouver Park Commissioner Constance Barnes, daughter of the late MLA Emery Barnes, was charged with drunk driving after an accident on May 23, 2009.

Here is the statement she issued to the media:

“I have made a serious mistake. On May 23, 2009 I was charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

“I was returning home from an afternoon at Iona Beach in Richmond and was arrested and charged by the Vancouver Police Department around 11 p.m.

Barnes goes on to explain that she had "fallen asleep" at the wheel and crashed into a residence in south Vancouver, but "no one was injured."

It's interesting that the release by Barnes was scheduled to take place at the exact same time BC's Premier is about to announce his new cabinet, which will dominate today's local news.

Vision Vancouver has had previous problems with one of their elected officials drinking and driving. City Councillor Tim Stevenson was charged and pleaded no contest to driving while under the influence of alcohol in 2006. However, Stevenson took a full year to reveal this news to the public. We must credit Barnes for at least letting the public know sooner than her Vision colleague did.


Not the first time for her.

Not sure though if it was DUI the first time, but an ugly court case.

Afternoon out...charged at 11pm. That is quite the long afternoon. Fell asleep at the wheel?

Allow me to decode this release...was drinking from the afternoon through the evening and got so hammered that I fell asleep at the wheel only to be woken by my car crashing into a home.

Quite a day!

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