February 10, 2015 - 11:21 AM
KELOWNA - Two separate crashes over the weekend could result in impaired driving charges for two Kelowna men.
A concerned citizen flagged down police Feb. 7 at 11:16 p.m. to alert them to a 32-year-old Kelowna man slumped over the steering wheel of a blue Mazda 3 parked on Water Street, according to an RCMP media release. As the officer was talking to the witness, the suspect vehicle pulled out of the parking spot and started down Water Street, heading south. Police caught up with the car at Water and Mill Street.
The Mazda 3 hit the curb in the roundabout, according to witnesses, then drove down the sidewalk before hitting a building, an SUV and a 25-year-old pedestrian from Lake Country, who was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Mounties believe the driver of the Mazda was showing signs of liquor intoxication and took him to the detachment to continue the investigation. They say he refused to provide breath samples.
On Feb. 8, witnesses told RCMP a Ford F-350 turned onto Pandosy Street from Harvey Avenue before landing in Mill Creek. Investigators found the truck on the sidewalk on the west side of the street with the driver still inside the vehicle. Mounties say the 24-year-old Kelowna man didn't appear to be injured but did appear impaired by alcohol. When they took him to the detachment he provided breath samples in excess of twice the legal limit, police say.
Both vehicles were impounded.
The 32-year-old faces potential charges of care of control of a motor vehicle while impaired and fail or refuse to provide a sample. He was released on a promise to appear in Kelowna Provincial Court April 27.
The 24-year-old faces potential charges of care of control of a motor vehicle while impaired and driving while over .08. He was released on a promise to appear in Kelowna Provincial Court, May 2.
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