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High speed drivers in South Okanagan end up crashing their cars

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October 04, 2016 - 1:35 PM

PENTICTON - In two seperate case, lead-footed drivers initially avoided Penticton RCMP but ended up crashing their cars.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police received numerous noise complaints around 11 p.m., last Thursday, Sept. 29, about a high performance vehicle engine revving in the vicinity of Allendale Lake Road near Okanagan Falls.

He says the officer on the way to check out the complaints was passed by a red Corvette, which sped off at a high speed following the police contact. Police did not give chase, but later came across a downed power pole on Allendale Lake Road with the Corvette nearby in the middle of a field with no sign of the occupants.

The incident continues to be investigated.

Then on Saturday, Oct. 1, at around 7:30 p.m., Wrigglesworth says police were called about a Pontiac Grand Am being driven at high speed down Green Mountain Road.

When responding officer came across the vehicle, the driver took off at speeds of about 140 kilometres per hour. Police did not pursue the vehicle, but came across it an hour later after it went off the road and hit a fence while rounding a curve.

A woman at the scene admitted to driving the car but was otherwise uncooperative with police, Wrigglesworth says. The vehicle was impounded and the driver charged with several motor vehicle infractions.

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