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Woman stabs Kelowna bus driver with needle

A woman who is no stranger to the law is alleged to have used a syringe to stab a bus driver Saturday, without provocation, leading to an hour-long manhunt.

The 31-year-old suspect, who comes from the Kelowna area and is well-known to local RCMP, boarded a bus near Banks Road, saying she was heading for Orchard Park Mall, and wound up stabbing the driver when he reached the bus shelter on Main Street near Hoskins Road.

The alleged assault occurred at 10:10 a.m., after the other passengers left the bus, and the assailant is described as nonchalantly approaching her victim before driving in the needle.

"The driver sought immediate medical attention due to the risk of possible transmission of infectious disease," said Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP spokesman during a press briefing Tuesday morning.

The Canada Day long weekend proved a busy one for RCMP who dealt with over 230 files on the holiday alone.

The stabbing suspect was apprehended at Water Street and Lawrence Avenue with the syringe, a pair of brass knuckles and 1.23 grams of crack cocaine.

She potentially faces charges of aggravated assault, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a controlled substance, appearing in court today.

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