January 21, 2013 - 4:13 PM
A Kamloops man was allegedly driving intoxicated when he skidded into a fire hydrant Sunday night despite an interlock system installed in his vehicle.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the 2003 Honda Accord was equipped with a device requiring the 27-year-old to provide a breath sample before driving, as designated by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.
Just prior to the accident an officer witnessed the vehicle run a red light at the intersection of Desmond Street and Tranquille Road about 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening. Learned said the officer's radar detected the vehicle driving at about 90 kilometres an hour.
"When the officer came around the corner, he observed (the vehicle) had skidded off the road," Learned said.
The officer called for assistance but as Mounties arrived both the driver and the passenger fled the scene.
A responding officer spotted the two suspects walking on Valdes Drive shortly after. One man was apprehended, but the other fled, running through nearby residential backyards. He was caught after jumping a fence in a field at the Twin Rivers Education Centre. He was the registered owner of the vehicle.
Learned said the two men gave conflicting stories to RCMP, and officers on the scene found open liquor and evidence of recent consumption in the vehicle. The driver was issued a roadside breath screening check and failed.
He was then taken to a local RCMP detachment that night for a breathalyzer test and was released Monday morning facing pending charges of mischief, impaired driving, driving while over 0.08 alcohol level and dangerous driving.
— Jessica Wallace
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