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Kelowna teen faces impaired charges after fiery crash

A 19-year-old Kelowna man faces potential impaired driving charges after he and a passenger were sent to hospital with serious injuries from a crash late Wednesday night.

The Kelowna RCMP responded to a single vehicle crash on Springfield Road at Hollywood Road South, Aug. 20 at 11:53 p.m.

"The black Chevy Blazer had sheered off a street lamp, overturned and caught fire. Emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish the flames before the could engulf the vehicle," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Police noted a strong odour of liquor on the driver and started an impaired investigation. The driver blew a 'Fail' during a roadside test but required medical attention and was taken to the hospital for treatment. A Blood Demand was made and a sample of his blood was taken for the investigation."

One passenger suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries while a second was apparently unhurt.

The 19-year-old Kelowna man faces potential charges of Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm and Drive While Over .08 pending the results of the analysis of his blood. He was issued a 24-hour Driving Prohibition and released into medical care.

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