Kelowna Mounties stop impaired driver in drive-thru

“Samples of the driver’s breath were taken, analyzed and determined to be almost three (3) times the legal limit..."

A Kelowna woman is facing impaired driving charges after she was arrested by police in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant in the 2100 block of Harvey Avenue during the early morning hours of Saturday.

On Nov. 28 at approximately 2:40 a.m. a member of the Kelowna RCMP was on patrol when he and his volunteer auxiliary member spotted the suspect vehicle, a black 2011 Ford F150 pick-up truck, driving dangerously along Clement Avenue near Clifton Road.

The police officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle after its driver narrowly missed colliding with three vehicles parked along Clement Avenue.

“The driver of the suspect vehicle was oblivious to the police vehicles emergency lights and sirens and failed to stop for police,” said Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

Multiple police vehicles converged on the suspect vehicle which had later pulled into the drive-thru of a restaurant in the 2100 block of Harvey Avenue. The driver of the vehicle, who exhibited obvious signs of alcohol impairment, said O’Donaghey, was quickly taken into police custody without incident.

“Samples of the driver’s breath were taken, analyzed and determined to be almost three (3) times the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood,” said O’Donaghey. “This had the potential to end in tragedy, fortunately it was the quick actions of the police who safely removed this allegedly dangerous drunk driver from our roads.”

The driver, a 25 year old Kelowna woman, is facing recommended criminal charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, impaired operation of a motor vehicle over 0.08 and driving while prohibited. She was later released from police custody and is expected to appear in Court on January 28, 2016.

“Kelowna RCMP is asking that if you plan on drinking this Christmas holiday season, please do not drive,” said O’Donaghey. “Arrange to have a designated driver, take public transit, or take a cab home, as police ‘Counter Attack’ road blocks will be everywhere.”