Kelowna RCMP catch suspect after attempt to run from impaired driving check

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KELOWNA - An Alberta man is facing driving prohibitions, fines and possibly criminal charges after an incident allegedly involving drunk driving and an assaulted police officer yesterday.

Just after midnight yesterday, Feb. 19, Kelowna RCMP were alerted to a an erratic driver on Highway 97 between McCurdy Road and Highway 33, according to a media release. A police officer spotted a black Ford 150 near Hogwood Road and Highway 33 and pulled the driver over.

RCMP say when the officer demanded a breath sample, the driver grabbed and pushed past the police officer, fleeing the scene on foot. More officers were called to the location and they found the driver, taking him into custody.

“We are grateful our officer was not injured during this incident,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “Kelowna RCMP would also like to commend their complainant for not only recognizing the potential hazard the erratic driver posed to other motorists on the highway, but also for immediately passing that information along to police.”

A 21-year-old Alberta man has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Kelowna court on May 8. 

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