Impaired driver nearly hits Kelowna RCMP cruiser at road check

KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP took a drunk driver off the road this weekend after she almost hit one of the police cruisers at a Counter Attack road check on the Bennett Bridge.

Early yesterday morning, Dec 9, at about 1:35 a.m., a car driving dangerously down the road caught the attention of RCMP officers at the road check on the bridge, according to an RCMP media release.

The car, which had front end damage and a flat tire, was seen speeding along the road and allegedly came to a screeching halt just short of colliding with marked police vehicles positioned on the bridge, police say.

RCMP say an officer approached the car to assess the driver and quickly noticed evidence suggesting the car's air bags had recently deployed. After a verbal interaction with the driver, a breath test was performed using a roadside screening device. The driver failed and was transported back to the detachment where she blew over two times the legal limit.

The driver, a 49-year-old Kelowna woman, faces potential impaired driving charges. She is expected to appear in court on March 19, 2019.

"Our enforcement officers in Kelowna and all across the Central Okanagan will be conducting roadside checks throughout the holiday season at several undisclosed locations, specifically targeting impaired drivers who choose to put themselves and other road users at risk," RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says in the release. “If your holiday festivities involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home. Please arrange a designated driver, take public transit or call a taxi.”

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