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Semi driver facing charges after erratic driving in West Kelowna witnessed

Photograph taken by the RCMP of the commercial vehicle stopped, June 11, 2017.
June 12, 2017 - 2:00 PM

WEST KELOWNA - The driver of a truck hauling 100,000 lbs. of lumber faces charges after he was spotted driving erratically in West Kelowna last night.

RCMP say they received reports at around 8:45 p.m. yesterday, June 11, about a fully loaded B-train commercial tractor trailer unit swerving all over the street in the 3500 block of Carrington Road. A police officer was able to catch up to the semi at the Auburn Road Industrial Park.

When talking to the driver of the truck the officer detected signs of intoxication and demanded a breath sample, police say. The result was a fail. The driver was taken to the RCMP detachment where the driver gave breath samples more than double the legal limit.

The truck was carrying more than 100,000 lbs. of lumber when the police officer caught up to it.

The driver, a 41-year-old Surrey man, was issued a driving prohibition and has since been released from police custody. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12.

“The RCMP wish to thank those motorists who called in to report the erratic driving behaviour,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “It is as a result of the actions of those concerned members of the motoring public and the officers at the scene that may have averted a tragedy and save someone’s life this weekend.”

If you witnessed the driving behaviour of the commercial vehicle stopped by police you are asked to contact Const. Kent Hall of the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

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