Allegedly drunk Kelowna driver causes midday smash-up with scooter

A red Jeep Wrangler, however, failed to stop in time and collided with the rear of the scooter

  • Apr. 22, 2016 2:00 p.m.

A woman faces impaired driving charges after allegedly causing a rear end collision Wednesday afternoon on Pandosy Street.

The Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section responded  April 20  at 3:01 p.m., to a report of a three vehicle collision on Pandosy Street at Royal Avenue.

“Witnesses at the scene reported that a red Hyundai sedan, followed by a scooter, had both stopped in traffic for a lighted controlled pedestrian cross walk on Pandosy Street at Royal Avenue. A red Jeep Wrangler, however failed to stop in time and collided with the rear of the scooter which was subsequently pushed into the rear of the Hyundai,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

Given the location of the crash, the operator of the scooter, a 23-year-old Kelowna woman, was taken to the nearby hospital for treatment of minor non-life threatening injuries.

“During the officer’s interaction with the driver of the Jeep at the collision scene, they detected signs of possible alcohol intoxication. As a result a demand was made of the driver who provided samples of her breath roadside which resulted in a FAIL,” said  O’Donaghey.

“The woman was subsequently taken to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment for additional testing where she provided breath samples in excess of more than three times the legal limit.”

The 45-year-old West Kelowna woman faces potential charges of care and/or control of a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, as well as care and/or control while over .08. She was later released from police custody and is expected to appear Court on July 18.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Cst. Lise Marion of the Kelowna RCMP Municipal Traffic Section at 250-980-5353.

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