Dangerous driver exceeds 100 km/h on W.R. Bennett Bridge

A 32-year-old Kelowna man was sent to Kelowna General Hospital after he crashed his car while attempting to flee police on Wednesday evening.

A Kelowna RCMP member spotted a black Mazda hatchback drive through a red light at Richter and Harvey just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle bolted through the stop lights before accelerating to over 100 km/h.

The RCMP member engaged his emergency equipment but was unable to give chase as the Mazda continued to accelerate and weave from lane to lane over the William Bennett Bridge.

The car spun out of control on the hill south of the bridge and struck the median. Police attended to check the welfare of the occupants, but the driver revved the engine, spun the tires and took off again at a high rate of speed through the construction zone.

Police later located the man in his crashed vehicle on Westlake Road at Highway 97. He was suffering from head injuries and was transported by paramedics to the hospital.

Alcohol and speed are both believed to be contributing factors in the case.

The man faces multiple charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police.

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