An on-duty RCMP officer was injured after his patrol vehicle was hit by a driver suspected of being drunk early Tuesday morning.
The officer was conducting routine patrols when his vehicle was struck from the side at the intersection of Richter Street and Cadder Avenue around 12:30 a.m.
The suspect was apparently driving his Dodge pick-up at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop for a red light and collided with the front passenger door of the police cruiser, causing extensive damages.
“I think it’s very fortunate that he didn’t have a passenger at the time,” said Cnst. Kris Clark, noting it’s very possible the outcome could have been catastrophic for anyone riding on the side where the vehicle was T-boned.
Both the RCMP officer and the suspect were taken to hospital and both have since been released.
Investigators found the driver, a 27-year-old Kelowna man, exhibited signs of impairment; he was thus transported to the Kelowna detachment where he provided breath samples in excess of the legal limit.
The driver faces potential charges of impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol content over .08 per cent and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. He has been released on a promise to appear for court in March.
The Kelowna RCMP asks that anyone with any information about the crash call the detachment at 250-762-3300.