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Police suspect drunk driving in West Kelowna pickup crash

RCMP suspect the man behind the wheel of a pickup who drove off Bartley Road and into the ditch in West Kelowna, Thursday, May 19, 2016 was impaired.
Image Credit: Randy Millis
May 20, 2016 - 1:37 PM

WEST KELOWNA - RCMP are waiting for lab results to confirm whether or not alcohol played a factor in the crash of a pickup truck in West Kelowna yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to the single vehicle crash at Bartley Road and Ross Road at roughly 2:35 p.m., May 19, where they found a blue 1993 GMC pickup truck in the ditch.

The driver had driven off the road and through a chain link fence before coming to rest in the ditch near the intersection, according to an RCMP media release.

The driver was taken to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

“Investigators at the scene detained the alleged unlicensed driver who exhibited signs and symptoms of suspected alcohol intoxication,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “A demand was made of the driver to provided blood samples.”

Police are waiting for the lab results on the blood sample.

O’Donaghey says the 55-year-old West Kelowna man could face charges of impaired driving. He has a date with a judge in Kelowna Provincial Court on Oct. 31.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Const. Lucash of the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit at 250-768-2880. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

A 55-year-old West Kelowna man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after driving his pickup truck through a chain link fence and into the ditch on Bartley Road in West Kelowna, Thursday, May 19, 2016.
A 55-year-old West Kelowna man was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after driving his pickup truck through a chain link fence and into the ditch on Bartley Road in West Kelowna, Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Image Credit: Randy Millis


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