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'It's been horrible. I made a mistake': MLA facing drunk driving charges

The Liberal MLA facing drunk driving charges apologized again today for her behaviour, but said transit could be improved in North Vancouver.

“It's been horrible,” said Jane Thornthwaite, the MLA for North Vancouver-Seymour, who released a statement yesterday afternoon about the incident. “I made a mistake. A very serious mistake.”

Asked about a recent tweet she sent on Twitter celebrating how good taxi service is in Vancouver, she said, “The transit in Vancouver right now is really good. Not so good on the North Shore.”

The mother of three apologized in particular to her family and her staff. “Political life takes you away from your family considerably,” she said. “I'm going to spend more time with my family.”

The Olympics have been particularly busy, she said. Before being caught in a road check near the Second Narrows Bridge at 1 a.m. Tuesday, she had visited the Northern Pavilion and Sochi House, where she had taken in some of the entertainment, she said.

Her blood alcohol content when the police measured it was at .11 percent, she said. The legal limit while driving is 0.08 percent.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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