Alleged dangerous driver nabbed while napping

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If you snooze you lose, or so a man from Surrey might be saying after fleeing local police and later getting caught as he took a nap inside his car.

West Kelowna RCMP say the 32-year-old Surrey man pulled into the Shell Gas Station at 2551 Dobbin Rd. around 4 a.m. Saturday in a green BMW. As the car left the parking lot and drove out onto Hebert Road the officer noticed it didn't have plates and then it proceeded the wrong way out onto Dobbin Road.

With lights flashing the Mountie chased after the BMW attempting a vehicle stop, but the driver fled southbound on Hwy. 97 on the wrong side of the road. Both cars were unable to correct their position on the highway because of the meridian and the BMW narrowly missed a couple head-on collisions. With the suspect car travelling in excess of 120 km/h, police abandoned the pursuit to protect the public, as soon as the car was in the proper lane.

At around 8 a.m., RCMP received a report of a sleeping man in a green BMW with no plates. The car was parked in the driveway of a home on the 5300 block of Princeton Avenue. Believing the car might be the same one that fled earlier, police arrived at the residence and the driver was arrested without incident.

The Surrey man faces charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, driving while prohibited and driving without insurance.

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