Costly catnap puts driver behind bars in West Kelowna
A 32-year-old Surrey man is facing a number of charges after allegedly fleeing police and parking an unlicensed vehicle in a West Kelowna driveway to catch some sleep.
On Saturday, Feb. 16, at about 4 a.m., a member of the West Kelowna RCMP pulled into the Shell Gas Station located at 2551 Dobbin Road and noticed a green BMW, that did not have licence plates, leave the parking lot onto Hebert Road. The driver then proceeded the wrong way down Dobbin Road, prompting the officer to pursue the car.
"The (RCMP) member was following him basically to alert oncoming traffic. You don't expect that to happen," said Cnst. Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP.
The officer had the police cruiser's emergency lights on and attempted to pull the driver over, but the driver of the BMW fled southbound on Highway 97, again on the wrong side of the road. The median on the highway prevented either vehicle from getting back to the appropriate lane and the BMW narrowly missed a couple head-on collisions before escaping police.
Travelling in excess of 120km/h, the driver eventually got into the correct lane, so the officer abandoned the pursuit rather than put other unsuspecting members of the public at risk.
Later that morning, shortly after 8 a.m., the West Kelowna RCMP received a report of a man sleeping in a green BMW without licence plates. The car was parked in the driveway of a residence on the 5300-block of Princeton Avenue, a home not known to the suspect.
Police attended and believed the vehicle to be the same one that had fled earlier, arresting the driver without incident.
The driver faces charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, driving while prohibited and driving without insurance.