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RCMP put the brakes on notorious driver Okanagan Bob

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December 12, 2018 - 11:04 AM

OKANAGAN - One of the Okanagan’s most notorious drivers has been apprehended by police once again.

Dubbed “Okanagan Bob” the motorist came to the public’s attention in September 2016 after several videos, since removed, were posted online.

Police expressed their displeasure with the dangerous driving portrayed in the videos at the time, and since those videos, Okanagan RCMP have received numerous complaints from the public about the dangerous and aggressive driving of Okanagan Bob, including such infractions as excessive speeding, tailgating, cutting people off and passing when unsafe, according to an RCMP media release.

Police have initiated four new investigations into Okanagan Bob’s driving behaviour since March of this year. On Dec. 6, however, police were able to put the brakes on Okanagan Bob’s driving when a Central Okanagan Traffic Services Integrated Road Safety officer encountered the driver travelling at excessive speeds in a Dodge pickup while heading south on Highway 97 from Vernon.

The officer paced the vehicle, noting a number of offences committed before pulling the vehicle over in the Lake Country area.

RCMP say the driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed and had his vehicle impounded, in addition to being given a Level 1 inspection notice which will remove the vehicle from the road until all defects are corrected on the vehicle and it completes a safety inspection.

The officer also submitted a report requesting the driver’s license be reviewed in contemplation of a lengthy driving prohibition.

"This kind of aggressive driving behaviour not only endangers innocent motorists, but it is completely unacceptable," Cpl. Mike Halskov with B.C. RCMP Traffic Services says in the release. "The actions of this driver could easily result in a catastrophic fatal collision. Police in no way condone this type of driving and encourage people to obey the rules of the road – for everyone’s safety."

"The officer is unwavering in his resolve to utilize all legal means possible to remove this driver from the road," Halskov says.

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