Wrong place to take a shortcut

A Penticton motorist using the RCMP detachment parking lot for a short cut found out the hard way that restricted access means restricted access.

PENTICTON - A Penticton driver discovered the hard way that sometimes it just doesn’t pay to take a short cut.

Penticton RCMP observed a vehicle as it was driving through the restricted back parking lot of the Penticton RCMP detachment on Sunday, Feb. 7.

The lot has entrances connected to both Edna and Penticton Avenues, but is restricted to RCMP vehicles only.

The driver was talking on a cell phone and stopped by police, who then noted he had an expired driver’s license.

In addition, a query of the vehicle’s B.C. plates resulted in a closer inspection of the tag, which revealed a piece of tape attached to one of the letters, making it appear as an “E” rather than an “F.”

He was fined for altering a license plate, an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act, and given a court appearance date for March.

The driver was also fined for not having a driver’s license, using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle and failing to obey traffic control devices, for a substantial sum and another court date to come.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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