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Kelowna transit bus sent to impound lot after alleged drunk driving incident

A Kelowna Regional Transit bus is seen at Mario's Towing impound lot Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
February 13, 2020 - 3:55 PM

A BC Transit bus has been removed from an impound lot where it has sat for the last few days after being allegedly driven by a drunk bus driver in Kelowna.

A passenger on a Kelowna Regional Transit Bus called RCMP Feb. 9 at approximately 1:35 a.m., to report that the bus was being driven erratically and they had concerns about the driver.

"An enforcement officer located the bus and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Harvey Avenue and Burch Avenue in Kelowna. During that interaction, the bus driver exhibited several signs of impairment and subsequently failed a roadside breath test," RCMP Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy of the Kelowna Regional Detachment said in a release.

The driver, a 52-year-old man, was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition.

The bus was moved to Mario’s Towing impound lot Tuesday, said BC Transit communications manager Jonathan Dyck.

“ICBC has approved the release of the BC Transit bus, and we have retrieved the bus. We did not miss any service because of the bus being impounded, however we are thankful to have it back to provide service for our customers,” he said.

BC Transit is conducting an internal investigation, he said.

Mario’s Towing declined to comment.

Calls to the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1722 were not immediately returned.

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