Suspected impaired driver causes accident

A Lake Country man is being investigated for impaired driving following a crash that damaged his truck and bent a light pole.

The 43-year-old man’s Dodge pickup allegedly left the roadway, struck a utility pole and ended up in a nearby creek Wednesday night. Police were called to the intersection of Edwards and Adams roads around 10:45 p.m.

“Upon arrival paramedics were attending to the driver for injuries sustained after his westbound white Dodge struck a light pole at the intersection of Edwards and Adams Roads,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

“The vehicle then went down an embankment and landed in Mill Creek.”

Holmes said the driver showed signs of alcohol impairment and, though he was transported to Kelowna General Hospital for further treatment, he consented to provide blood samples for alcohol analysis at the hospital. The driver may be facing recommended charges of Impaired Driving and Over .08.

The truck was towed from the scene.

Cops catching up to speeders

Local speed demons have been keeping traffic cops busy in recent weeks, and in response they’ve been doling out heavy penalties.

Members of the Central Okanagan Traffic Services Unit were manning a speed trap at Highway 97 and 97C May 6 when they clocked one motorist driving 158 km an hour, and another 144 km an hour in an area with a 90 km an hour speed limit.

“Both motorists were charged with excessive speed under the Motor Vehicle Act and their vehicles were impounded for seven days,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

The next day they came up with even more cause to ticket.  On May 7 the traffic unit was conducting a similar initiative at the south end of the Bennet Bridge. Two more motorists received excessive speeding tickets and vehicle impoundments when they were clocked at 114 and 111 km/hr in the 60 km/hr zone.

“The secondary effect of the initiative on the bridge was to slow southbound traffic as they entered the construction zone, in order to reduce the risk to workers in the construction area,” Holmes said. “High speeds in this, and other constructions zones, continues to be a hazard for those who work there.

In conjunction to speeders, Mounties reported that 18, 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions, for alcohol impairment, were handed out to motorists in the Kelowna area in April.


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