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Allegedly drunk Kelowna driver crashes into pole, knocks down power lines

February 17, 2020 - 11:06 AM

 A 26-year-old Kelowna man now faces potential impaired driving charges after crashing with a power pole on Valley Road in Kelowna.

The RCMP received a report of a car hitting a power pole Feb. 15 at 3:35 p.m., in the 200 block of Valley Road in Kelowna.

The attending officers noticed immediately that live power lines were lying across the road and posed an immediate risk to the driver who was still in the vehicle. BC Hydro employees were notified and the power lines were disabled.

"While officers were dealing with this life threatening situation, numerous witnesses came forward to report that this vehicle had been driving in a dangerous matter prior to the collision- speeding, and passing unsafely," Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in a press release.

"The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was arrested.  He did not appear to have injuries as a result of the collision."

The investigating officer detected possible signs of signs of alcohol intoxication. The investigator subsequently provided the driver with a demand who then provided samples of his breath roadside which resulted in a fail.

The driver was subsequently taken to the Kelowna RCMP detachment where he provided breath samples in excess of the legal limit.

“The RCMP wish to thank those motorists who came forward to report the erratic driving behaviour,” Sgt Mark Booth of the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Services said in a press release.

“This driver is extremely fortunate that his actions didn’t result in the death of himself or someone else.”

The drive was issued a driving prohibition under the Motor Vehicle Act and faces potential criminal charges. He was later released from police custody and is expected to appear in Court on June 18.


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