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Mountie rescues infant from car seat after vehicle hits watery ditch

Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 6:20 pm EDT

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A woman is facing impaired driving charges in Manitoba after a vehicle rolled into a watery ditch and trapped a toddler in his car seat.

RCMP say the vehicle was lying on its side when officers arrived at the scene in Portage la Prairie on Friday.

They could hear a child screaming and found a one-year-old boy still strapped into his car seat and partially submerged in freezing cold water.

One of the officers climbed through a broken window and cut the child free.

Two other toddlers, both girls, were in the vehicle.

The driver and a female passenger were ejected.

All were taken to hospital with minor injuries, but have been released.

The driver told Mounties she lost control and the vehicle rolled into the ditch.

“Our officers acted quickly that evening and saved a young life,” Portage detachment spokesman Insp. Rick Head said in a release.

The 29-year-old driver has been charged with driving while disqualified, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation over .08 and with failing to comply with probation.

She was to appear in Portage la Prairie court on Monday.

RCMP say her name is not being released to protect the identity of the children.