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Salmon Arm senior gets vehicle impounded after suspected afternoon drunk-driving crash

June 22, 2020 - 1:05 PM

A 72-year-old Salmon Arm resident has had his vehicle impounded after a failed attempt to overtake another vehicle left him "high centred" on a tree stump.

According to a Salmon Arm RCMP media release, the 72-year-old was then found to be driving with no valid driver's licence and no insurance. He was also ticketed for driving without due care and attention. The release says the driver was investigated for being an impaired driver and police believe alcohol to be a factor in this single-vehicle crash. The media release does not specify whether the driver was over the limit for alcohol, or if charges were being considered or if the driver was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition.

According to police, the Salmon Arm resident was driving a red van on 8 Avenue North-East in Salmon Arm and attempted to overtake another vehicle at around 3:15 p.m. June 19. However, the van left the road and drove into a green space where it became "high centred" on a stump.

Police say the man has a history of driving without a driver's licence.

Several hours before this accident, Salmon Arm RCMP dealt with a two-vehicle collision in the 200 block of 1 Street South East. A media release says a grey car failed to stop at a stop sign and was sideswiped by a commercial vehicle. The car then drove through a fence and caused minor damage to a residential property.

Neither driver nor the vehicle occupants suffered substantial injuries. The driver was issued a ticket for the incident.

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