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Pedestrians narrowly missed by reckless driver

Two Kelowna women seemingly working on a  Thelma and Louise impression were arrested after nearly running down  two people on a crosswalk while trying to evade police.

While conducting patrols in the area of Highway 33 Sept. 2, a Mountie observed a black Mustang travelling west bound near Bryden Road.

"The officer queried the vehicle’s license plate and found that the vehicle was registered to a woman who had outstanding Canada Wide warrants for Parole Violations as well as was a Class 7 learner driver.  The officer observed no “L” displayed on the rear of the vehicle at the time," said Const. Kelly Brett.

"When the officer went to engage the vehicle and pull it over using his lights and sirens, the black Mustang failed to stop for police by speeding away, fishtailing, failing to obey traffic control devices and travelling into oncoming traffic."

The vehicle travelled at high speeds dangerously through a residential and school zone area almost hitting two pedestrians crossing the street"

“When I realized there were pedestrians at the cross walk as well as an active school in session I quickly turned off my lights and sirens and stopped at the side of the road. I was concerned for the safety of those in the neighbourhood”, said Const. Sheldon Herman of the Kelowna RCMP.

The officer was able to keep an eye on the vehicle from a distance.  Minutes after the vehicle fled two females matching the descriptions of who the officer saw in the vehicle were walking down the street, just a short distance away from where the un-occupied Mustang was found.  The officer identified both females and it was confirmed that both were wanted on outstanding Canada wide warrants for Parole Violations.

The 53 year old female driver faces further charges of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Both she and the 35 year old is also in custody to appear in court.

 

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