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Reckless driving sends Kelowna woman to hospital

An allegedly drunk Albertan man took the concept of reckless driving to new heights this weekend, nearly killing a young Kelowna woman in the process.

Just after 11 p.m. Friday, the 25-year-old started his wild ride by driving a silver 2003 BMW convertible, with the top down, through a fence in the residential area of the 700 block Barnaby Road, said Const. Kris Clark.

"As police officers were responding, a second call was received at 11:12 p.m. of a motor vehicle accident at Lakeshore and Hobson Road," said Clark.

"Upon arrival it was discovered that the previously noted silver BMW had driven head on into a 1985 Honda Accord driven by a 20 year old female."

The young woman was trapped in her car, requiring implementation of the jaws of life for extraction. Once removed from the wreckage, the severity of her injuries became clear.

"She received extensive injuries to herĀ legs, ankle and a broken facial cheek bone," said Clark.

"She remains in serious but stable condition at Kelowna General Hospital. She has undergone multiple procedures for her injuries and continues to receive treatment at the hospital."

The man driver was originally checked out at the hospital but then attended the Kelowna RCMP detachment to provide samples of his breath in keeping with an impaired driving investigation.

He was released from custody on a promise to appear, but is facing charges of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm, Impaired Driving and Drive Over .08 for starters.

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