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Calls from public put intoxicated Kelowna driver in custody

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October 05, 2016 - 12:17 PM

KELOWNA - Police are crediting public reporting for helping them take an intoxicated driver off the road — and likely facing drug charges as well — Tuesday morning.

Kelowna RCMP got several complaints of a vehicle moving erratically on the highway heading to Lake Country from Kelowna around 7:22 a.m. Oct. 4, spokesperson Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says in a release.

Police caught up with the Cadillac SRX when ti pulled over in a strip mall on Main Street in Lake Country. The officers determined the 55-year-old man was unsafe to drive. When he was taken into police custody, they found cocaine, heroin and unidentified pills as well as "a large sum of cash."

“The Kelowna RCMP wish to thank those motorists who called in to report the erratic driving behaviour,” O’Donaghey says. “It’s the actions of those members of the motoring public and the officers at the scene that likely saved a life that day.”

The man was issued a driving prohibition and will likely face drug charges as well. 

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


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