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Damage in Vernon park could be related to erratic, impaired driver

Damage at Creekside Park off of Kidston Road in Coldstream Dec. 5, 2017.
Image Credit: Submitted/RCMP

VERNON - Mounties are thanking members of the public for reporting an erratic and dangerous driver who may have left thousands of dollars of damage in a local field yesterday.

Police say in a media release they received multiple complaints Tuesday, Dec. 5, just before noon about a vehicle with front end damage in the Coldstream area. People reported that the driver “appeared to be disorientated, stopping multiple times to ask for directions,” Const. Kelly Brett says in the release.

An officer responded and stopped a dark grey Dodge Charger with extensive front end damage on Ponderosa Way in Coldstream. Seeing signs of alcohol intoxication, the investigator gave the man a breathalyzer test, which he failed.

“The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP wish to thank those citizens who called in to report the erratic driving behaviour,” Brett says. “It is as a result of the actions of those concerned members of the public that may have averted a tragedy and saved someone’s life that afternoon”.

Image Credit: Submitted/RCMP

The driver, a 32-year-old Kamloops man, was issued a 90-day driving prohibition under the Motor Vehicle Act and a 30 day vehicle impoundment.

Later that day, around 3:30 p.m., police received a report of extensive damage to Creekside Park off of Kidston Road in Coldstream. Police believe the damages were caused by a vehicle driving onto the field and then exiting through a maintenance fence.

“Creekside Park received significant damages to the fields, leaving thousands of dollars of repairs to be done,” Brett says. “We believe the incidents may be connected at this time and are looking to speak to any witnesses.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

Image Credit: Submitted/RCMP

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