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Vernon man's erratic, dangerous driving leads to court date

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April 04, 2018 - 10:41 AM

VERNON - A Vernon man was arrested over the weekend after driving into oncoming traffic and forcing numerous cars off the road, police say.

On April 1, just after 5 p.m., police received multiple 911 calls for a vehicle driving erratically into oncoming traffic on 25 Avenue near 43 Street, RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett says in a media release.

Officers found a blue SUV had gone off the road, hitting a light pole and causing extensive damage to both the vehicle and the pole, Brett says.

“The attending officer entered into an impaired driving investigation after the driver displayed notable signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication,” Brett says. “The investigator subsequently arrested the driver for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and provided him with a breath demand.”

The driver was transported to the nearest medical facility by B.C. Ambulance, where he was treated for minor injuries. He was then transported back to the RCMP detachment where he refused to provide a breath sample. Further investigation revealed the man was in fact prohibited from driving in Canada.

“Several separate witnesses called 911 to report the erratic behaviour of this driver and motorists on the road and pedestrians were lucky to not have been injured during this careless act of alleged impaired driving,” Brett says.

A 40-year-old Vernon man is scheduled to appear in court today, April 4, and faces possible charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to provide breath samples and driving while prohibited.


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