Man slashed in Kelowna road rage

Suspect shatters van window, cuts driver's wrist, after encounter on Ziprick Road Friday morning.

Police are investigating a case of “extreme” road rage where a driver was attacked with a knife Friday morning.

According to the victim, a 41-year-old Kelowna man, he and his passenger were in a white panel van and turned onto Ziprick Road from Baron Road at approximately 11:40 a.m. and came close to a 1990s blue and silver Ford Explorer that had encroached into the intersection.

“After turning on to Ziprick, the driver stopped the van so he could look for his cellular phone,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

That’s when the driver of the Ford Explorer made a u-turn and pulled in behind the van.

A First Nations man, believed to be in his 20s, got out of the Explorer and approached the driver of the van.

Police say the younger man began yelling at the driver of the panel van and then produced a long bladed, machete-style knife and swung it at the driver’s window, shattering it and cutting the driver’s left wrist.

The suspect was then called back to his vehicle by his passenger, a First Nations woman, and the vehicle drove past the van, toward Highway 33.

“The injury to the victim’s wrist was not significant,” said Holmes.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, which took place near a fairly busy intersection, or recognizes the vehicle driven by the suspect to call them at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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