Mounties look for insight into West Kelowna crash

"Investigators at the scene detained the alleged unlicensed driver who exhibited signs and symptoms of suspected alcohol intoxication.

  • May. 20, 2016 6:00 a.m.

A driver was taken to hospital and could face potential charges following a crash Thursday afternoon in West Kelowna.

On May 19 at 2:35 p.m., the West Kelowna RCMP and the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) responded to a report of a single vehicle crash on Bartley Road.

“Police have determined that the vehicle, a blue 1993 GMC pick-up truck, was driven off road left, through a chain link fence before coming to rest in a ditch near the intersection of Ross Road,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“Investigators at the scene detained the alleged unlicensed driver who exhibited signs and symptoms of suspected alcohol intoxication. As a result, a demand was made of the driver to provided blood samples, as he was transported from the scene to hospital with what police believe to be serious however non-life threatening injuries.”

Pending the laboratory analysis results of the blood seized by police, the driver, a 55-year-old West Kelowna man, could face potential charges of impaired driving. He was later released from police custody and is expected to appear Court on Oct.31.

If you witnessed this crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Cst. Lucash of the RCMP Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) at 250-768-2880. Or 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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