'Erratic' driving leads to drug seizure in Kelowna
Police say erratic driving has led to drug and breach charges against two men.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a plainclothes officer, in an unmarked car, recognized two prolific offenders inside a brown Nissan SUV on Lake Avenue near Pandosy Street.
The officer said the driver was operating the vehicle in an “erratic and dangerous manner” and called in for marked police cruisers to stop the SUV.
“Police were able to stop the vehicle at the corner of Bernard and Gordon after the driver nearly struck an elderly pedestrian in that intersection,” said Const. Steve Holmes.
Police initially arrested the driver, age 27, for dangerous driving.
As the passenger, a 26-year-old man, got out of the vehicle, police said they saw he was sitting on a small baggie of what’s believed to be cocaine.
He was arrested on a drug charge.
“The passenger then spat out another baggie that contained crack cocaine, and more powdered cocaine was found on the passenger, totaling .9 grams of cocaine,” Holmes alleged.
As well, police claim $630 was found on the passenger.
The passenger faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance and was released on a promise to appear in court in early June.
The driver, meanwhile, is alleged to be in breach of probation conditions not to be in the “red zone” of Kelowna. He faces three breach charges and an additional recommended charge of dangerous driving. He’s schedule to appear in court on Wednesday.