Mountie, pedestrian hit during arrest in Kelowna

An RCMP officer and the man he was arresting were hit by a pickup truck on Rutland Road South Friday morning around 11:20 a.m.

A paramedic and RCMP officer check on the man who was struck by a vehicle while being arrested along Rutland Road South Friday morning.

A paramedic and RCMP officer check on the man who was struck by a vehicle while being arrested along Rutland Road South Friday morning.

An RCMP officer and the man he was arresting were hit by a pickup truck on Rutland Road South Friday morning around 11:20 a.m.

According to Const. Lise Marion, a police vehicle had stopped a pickup truck and an officer was in the process of arresting the driver when a second pickup truck’s passenger mirror struck both individuals who were standing beside the RCMP SUV.

“It was a slow hit, but still struck the policeman and the person he was arresting,” said Marion.

“Minor injuries were sustained by the police officer and, I believe, the arrestee as well. And there was some damage to the police vehicle.”

Marion wouldn’t comment on why the man was being arrested in the first place; however, his truck was being searched following the crash and a police dog was on scene.

She predicted the driver who caused the crash likely misjudged the distance as he passed the emergency vehicle. The driver has been charged for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

“It’s $109 fine and points against your driver’s licence.”

Marion said this type of situation can be avoided if drivers use increased caution when passing an emergency vehicle with flashing lights.

“When we’re doing our job, we want to know that we’re not going to be hit. When you see an emergency vehicle with lights on, you’re to slow down and give some room.”

Marion didn’t know whether or not charges will be forthcoming to the man who was initially being arrested.

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