ATV joyride nearly a disaster

Two injured after ATV crashes on Gordon Drive near Raymer Avenue in Kelowna early Thursday morning.

  • Dec. 31, 2015 6:00 a.m.

A 28-year-old Kelowna man faces potential impaired driving charges after he and a passenger were ejected from their ATV and sent to hospital with serious injuries early Thursday morning.

At 2:53 a.m., the Kelowna RCMP responded to a single vehicle ATV crash on Gordon Drive at Raymer Avenue. Emergency crews arrived to find two people lying on the pavement and unconscious. A witness told police that they saw the ATV travelling north on Gordon Drive.

The witness described the ATV as swerving from side to side before it flipped which caused both riders to be ejected onto the roadway. Police noted a strong odour of liquor on the driver and started an impaired driving investigation.

“The driver required medical attention and was taken to the hospital for treatment of what police believe are serious non-life threatening injuries,” says Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey. “A blood demand was made and a sample of the driver’s blood was taken for the investigation.”

The passenger, a 21-year-old Kelowna woman, was also taken to hospital suffering from less serious injuries.

“Neither the driver of the ATV or his passenger were wearing helmets, nor were they dressed for the freezing cold temperatures,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“If it wasn’t for the member of the public who witnessed this crash, stopped to assist the crash victims and called 911 there may have been a different outcome.”

The 28-year-old Kelowna man faces potential charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving an uninsured vehicle 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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