Alcohol impaired crash stalls traffic on Kelowna bridge

An allegedly impaired driver is facing charges after crashing and stalling traffic on W.R. Bennett Bridge Thursday afternoon.

The driver faces penalties under the BC Motor Vehicle Act after crashing and stalling traffic on the bridge crossing Okanagan Lake between Kelowna and West Kelowna.

On May 17, at 4:29 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a single vehicle crash, involving a Ford F-150 pickup truck, on the W.R. Bennett Bridge neat Abbott Street in Kelowna. Witnesses observed the Ford truck being driven erratically westbound on the highway and weaving in and out of vehicles, prior to colliding with the centre concrete meridian.

“During the officer’s interaction with the driver of the Ford truck at the collision scene, they detected signs of possible alcohol intoxication. As a result a demand was made of the driver who failed to properly provided samples of her breath roadside,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“The woman was subsequently issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition for refusing the lawful roadside demand to provide samples of her breath,” O’Donaghe said.

The driver, a 32-year-old Kelowna woman, and her two small children passengers were not injured in the crash.

The woman’s vehicle was removed from the scene and impounded.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.