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Alleged drunk driver facing charges after demolition derby on Kelowna streets

August 03, 2016 - 3:35 PM

KELOWNA - An alleged drunk driver is said to be responsible for a series of damaging hit and runs in Glenmore and Dilworth yesterday afternoon.

Kelowna RCMP say officers were called at about 4:48 p.m., Aug. 2., to a report of a rear-end crash on Dilworth Drive at Omineca Place.

The driver of a black Ford F-150 had rear-ended the vehicle which was stopped in traffic, according to a RCMP media release. The drivers exchanged personal information and the black Ford allegedly rear-ended the same vehicle a second time while leaving the scene.

The suspect vehicle was later seen driving recklessly and at a high speed down Omenica Place. The driver hit three parked vehicles, causing significant damage to each as it continued through a yard and along dirt roadway which connects to Bernard Avenue, police say. The pickup also allegedly hit a gate, multiple poles, a sign post and landscaping.

The truck was located and stopped by police on Dilworth Drive near Leckie Road after it had rear-ended another vehicle.

Officers saw signs of intoxication from the driver of the suspect vehicle who was arrested, RCMP say. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and later released into police custody.

“The RCMP investigation is ongoing at this time,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey in the release. “The RCMP would like to thank the callers who maintained a visual of the suspect vehicle, from a safe distance and provided invaluable updates to police dispatchers. These actions allowed our officers to effectively remove this dangerous driver from our roadways."

A Kelowna man, 61, was held in police custody overnight. He is expected to appear in court later this year. He faces potential charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and multiple counts of fail to remain at the scene of a collision.

If you witnessed any of these crashes and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section at 250-980-5353.

The Ford F-150 involved in multiple hit-and-runs in Kelowna, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 is pictured in these RCMP handout photos.
The Ford F-150 involved in multiple hit-and-runs in Kelowna, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 is pictured in these RCMP handout photos.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

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