March 20, 2014 - 12:04 PM
KELOWNA - Trying to outrun the cops has a 22-year-old Kelowna man facing multiple driving charges today.
The chase began last night just before 11 during routine traffic patrols on Highway 33. Mounties noticed an accelerating red Ford Mustang skidding into a south turn onto Gertmar Road. The maneuver forced eastbound traffic to brake heavily to avoid a collision.
The car then sped towards Springfield Road, but police were in pursuit and the officer managed to close in on it as it stopped for a red light. With police sirens blaring and lights flashing in his rearview mirror, the man hit the gas, speeding off south down Springfield Road. The officer ended the pursuit and called in a description of the Mustang and driver. The RCMP soon found the car at a home on the 3700 block of Casorso Road.
The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Kelowna Detachment where he provided a breath sample spiking at one and half times over the legal limit.
A quick investigation determined the man was driving while prohibited and the Mustang was impounded for seven days.
"Based soley on the dangerous driving behaviours observed by police, investigators are fortunate to not be dealing with any related serious injury or fatal collision," Const. Kris Clark says.
The man faces a number of possible charges including impaired driving, driving while over .08, driving while prohibited and flight from police. He will stand before a Judicial Justice of the Peace sometime today and is expected to be released for a future court date.
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