Pam Wolf’s recent trial for impaired driving is a joke. The Ward 5 councilor, who in the past has been a spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, fought an impaired driving charge following a two-vehicle collision in Breslau last November.
If Wolf admitted her guilt I’m sure her constituents would continue to support her; she made a mistake. Her continued denials, along with the cost of a trial to taxpayers, make I questionable whether Wolf should be allowed to continue on city council.
Waterloo Regional Police Const. Scott McLean testified that Wolf was unstable on her feet and steadied herself by leaning against her vehicle and that he could smell alcohol on her breath.
McLean also said Wolf was on her cell phone when he arrived, speaking with fellow Cambridge councillor Frank Monteiro, a retired police sergeant.
Wolf said Monteiro asked her the name of the officer, but that when she asked McLean, he told her to end the phone call and step out of her vehicle.
Breath tests conducted two hours after the incident showed Wolf had .97 mg and .93 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. Wolf claimed in a letter to the Cambridge Times that she was “.01 over the limit.” The legal limit is .80. I’m not great at math but .97 and .93 is considerably more than .01 over .80 .
Wolf testified she had a glass of wine out with friends that afternoon, followed by two more that evening during an awards ceremony for local homebuilders to present an award on behalf of the city, although after she was charged Mayor Craig told the media that she wasn’t on city business.
In spite of the evidence against her Wolf blamed road conditions, her tires, her glasses and her high heels for the accident.
Justice John Lynch has reserved judgment until October 17th. As an elected representative of the city Wolf should be setting an example, and she is convicted she should step down from council.
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