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Eight vehicles involved in drug-fueled crash in Kelowna

A total of eight vehicles were damaged in a drug-fueled crash in Kelowna this weekend.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)
May 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM

KELOWNA - Two people were sent to hospital and another taken into custody after a crash involving eight vehicles Sunday.

Around 12:25 p.m. yesterday, May 29, the driver of a blue southbound Ford Explorer was straddling the centre line of Highway 97 near McCurdy Road at a high rate of speed, RCMP say in a release.

According to witnesses the driver did not attempt to slow down or stop before sideswiping and rear-ending seven other vehicles stopped at a red light.

RCMP say one witness, who stayed at the scene until police arrived, reported the driver appeared ‘out of it’. Officers also detected signs and symptoms of ‘suspected drug intoxication’ and demanded the driver, a 45-year-old Kelowna man, undergo a drug influence evaluation at the RCMP detachment.

“As many as seven vehicle occupants, of the 15 total occupants, of the seven vehicles involved in the crash, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were treated at the scene by emergency health services,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says. “Of those seven a man and a woman were transported to hospital for further assessment and treatment for non-life threatening injuries.”

The 45-year-old is facing potential drug impaired driving charges in addition to charges for driving without a valid licence. He was released and will appear in court at a later date.

Witness who have not yet spoken with the RCMP are asked to call the Kelowna detachment at 250-762-3300.


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