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Allegedly drunk Kelowna man caught dodging road block

A Chevy pick-up that suddenly stopped and turned down an Armstrong side street at 2 a.m. Saturday, away from an RCMP road check, caught the eye of one of the police officers.

The officer quickly got into his patrol car, which was conducting a road check at Pheasant Ridge Drive and Birban Avenue, and attempted to stop the vehicle which continued to drive away at a high rate of speed.

“Our constable observed the vehicle swerving side-to-side in the lane of travel,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Patrols did locate the vehicle on Pheasant Ridge Court.

A 20-year-old Kelowna resident, the registered owner and driver of the vehicle, was located with the assistance of a police dog service unit a short distance from the vehicle, and arrested for flight from police.

“The suspect had a moderate odour of liquor on his breath, and he sustained injuries as a result of being in contact with our police dog,” said Molendyk.

The man was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for treatment of his contact with the police dog.

He was issued a 24-hour suspension and his vehicle was towed away.

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