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Speed, alcohol possible factors in motorcycle collision

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April 05, 2013 - 1:22 PM

Kamloops RCMP are considering speed and alcohol as factors in a motorcycle accident that occurred last night in North Kamloops.

A 41-year-old man was sent to hospital after a collision at the intersection of Ord Road, 8th Avenue and Westsyde Road around 11:20 p.m. Thursday night.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the man was driving a Suzuki sport bike travelling westbound towards the intersection as he passed multiple vehicles at a high speed.

"Varying witness accounts are saying the speed ranged from 120 to 180 kilometres an hour," Learned said.

The bike went down and snapped off a metal sign post in the median.

Several people stopped to help the man and perform first aid.

"The officers first attending the scene, as did the witnesses, all immediately detected a strong odour of liquor on the breath of the individual plus other signs of impairment such as slurred speech, glossy eyes," Learned said, adding that the symptoms could have also been from the crash.

The man was taken to hospital to treat a compound fracture to his leg and a blood test was administered under the Criminal Code of Canada for blood alcohol content.

Learned said the blood will be sent away and analyzed.

If the blood is found to be over the .08 legal limit, charge recommendations would be forwarded to the Crown for driving while impaired.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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