Dangerous Kelowna driver faces multiple charges

Dangerously aggressive driver had no licence, no insurance, ammunition in car; released with promise to appear in court.

A 36 year old Kelowna man is facing numerous charges after he failed to stop for police over the long weekend.

On October 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm, a red Ford Mustang was observed, by a member of the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services, driving aggressively while tailgating motorists including the traffic services investigator who was operating an unmarked police vehicle.

The police officer activated his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle which accelerating rapidly in excess of 120 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone. The suspect vehicle swerved abruptly across all lanes of traffic to exit the highway and refused to stop for police, who did not pursue.

Immediately after, police received information from multiple complainants that the suspect vehicle was observed passing traffic on the shoulder of the highway, before being seen driving through a ditch near the intersection of Sexsmith Road and Cambro Road.

Police quickly located the suspect vehicle as it was being pushed into a storage locker and as a result arrested a 36-year-old Kelowna man, and a 25-year-old Kelowna woman. On Tuesday, police had not been able to confirm whether the vehicle had been stolen.

Police located and seized ammunition from inside the vehicle which the 36-year-old Kelowna man was prohibited from possessing.

“The apprehension of this dangerous driver, who posed an extreme risk to the community, would not have been possible without the assistance of the public,” says Cst. Tim Churchill of Central Okanagan Traffic Services.

The Kelowna man was issued a violation ticket for no driver’s licence, no insurance and using a wrong numbered licence plate. He was subsequently released from police custody for court at a later date and faces potential criminal charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, as well as fail to comply with a recognizance.

The 25-year-old Kelowna woman passenger was released without charge. The investigation is on-going at this time.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, and have not yet spoken to police, to contact Cst. Tim Churchill of RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services at 250-980-5350.