Kelowna man facing criminal charges after allegedly smashing into minivan

Kelowna man is facing criminal charges after his vehicle crossed the centre line ...

  • Feb. 29, 2016 7:00 p.m.

A Kelowna man is facing criminal charges after his vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with a van full of people.

“On Feb. 27 at 8:57 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP responded to a collision on Clement Avenue near St. Paul Street. Investigators have determined that a grey Mercedes CLS6 had crossed over the centre line and collided head on with a brown Dodge Caravan,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghy,  in a press release.

“The driver and sole occupant of the Mercedes, a 23-year-old Kelowna man, was not injured. He displayed symptoms of impairment, and investigators entered into an impaired driving investigation. He was detained by police and subsequently refused to provide a breath sample back at the detachment.”

The driver was issued driving prohibitions under the Motor Vehicle Act. He was later released from police custody on a Promise to Appear in Court. He faces potential criminal charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failing or refusing to provide a breath sample.

The four occupants of the minivan were treated at scene by Emergency Health Services and transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The minivan sustained extensive front end damage to the front driver side of the vehicle.

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.


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