Peachland man seriously injured in head-on

A young Peachland man suffered serious injuries in a crash with a suspected impaired driver yesterday.

The erratic driver and subsequent collision on the 2800 block of Highway 97 south was reported to West Kelowna RCMP at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Witnesses reported a grey Jeep Cherokee was driving southbound in the northbound land with no lights.

The Cherokee then crashed head-on with a Pontiac G6 near Gormon's Mill. The driver of the Pontiac, a 20-year-old Peachland man, suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital after being extricated from his vehicle. He remains in hospital at this time.

The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old man from Osoyoos, was held by police as they conducted an impaired investigation. After being cleared by medical staff at Kelowna General Hospital, he was taken to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment where he provided breath samples that registered over the legal limit.

The Osoyoos man was released on an Appearance Notice for Court in February. He faces potential charges of Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Drive While over .08, and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm.

Motorists are reminded police are increasing their road check throughout the holiday season in a targeted effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions by removing impaired drivers from the road.

Report impaired drivers. Pull over and call 911.

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