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Two women lead Kelowna cops on dangerous car chase
Two seemingly drunk Kelowna women took a cue from a Hollywood action flick, allegedly leading cops on a rock 'em, sock 'em chase through the city Thursday night.
The unusual car chase started just after 9:20 p.m., when police responded to a complaint of an erratic driver behind the wheel of a red Saturn, heading southbound around the 3700 block of Highway 97.
"The caller advised that the car rear ended his vehicle at Enterprise and Harvey, and then took off and was driving all over the road," said Sgt. Ann Morrison.
"Police located the suspect vehicle crossing Highway 97 heading southbound onto McCurdy Road and followed it for a short distance. The officer, observed the vehicle travel on the wrong side of the road, crossing the center line, accelerating and then slowing down."
At the intersection of Leathead and Rutland Road, the suspect vehicle stopped for a red light.
Three police officers driving unmarked police SUVs positioned their vehicles in front of and around the suspect and activated the emergency lights, using a tactic aimed at preventing a vehicle from travelling any further, said Morrison.
An officer then got out of his vehicle and went to the driver's side of the suspect vehicle ordering the woman behind the wheel to exit her car.
"The suspect vehicle then proceeded to flee the intersection accelerating, squealing and spinning the tires, and rammed through the positioned police vehicles striking two of them and narrowly missing one of the officers," said Morrison.
Police pursued the Saturn south on Rutland Road with emergency equipment activated, turning into a parking lot at Rutland Road and Highway 33. Once there, three police cars blocked the car.
"The female driver and her adult female passenger were removed from the vehicle and arrested," said Morrison.
"Both suffered abrasions in the incident. Due to symptoms of intoxication, a breath demand was made. A subsequent blood demand was made and acted upon when the female showed signs of distress (including a seizure) and was transported to hospital for monitoring. She remains in hospital this morning."
The driver is 26 years old from Kelowna and faces charges of Dangerous Driving, Impaired Driving and Flight from Police.
The female passenger , a 24 year old friend, also from Kelowna, is not facing charges.
The vehicle involved is a 2006 Saturn Ion, red in colour, registered to the female driver, and sustained considerable damage.
Three police vehicles sustained varying degrees of damage. One is not driveable. No officers were injured.
Police continue to investigate. No charges have been laid yet.