A Kelowna man is facing the potential of numerous charges for causing a brief and slow speed pursuit and later refusing to participate in roadside sobriety testing Tuesday night.
A member of the Central Okanagan Traffic Services was on patrol when he observed a BMW 330CI driving very slowly on Highway 97 North at Leckie Road, Sept. 5 at 12:30 a.m.
“The driver appeared confused as he was seen to stop on the side of the road a number of times, for no apparent reason, before continuing on,” said Const. Kris Clark.
“The police officer activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over but, when he approached on foot the driver took off, at about 15km/hr. The officer had no difficulty catching back up to the BMW and managed to get the driver to stop again a short distance away from where he had stopped previously. Police quickly determined that the driver was impaired, but appeared to have no alcohol in his system.”
The officer had the driver participate in roadside sobriety testing, known as Standardized Field Sobriety Test, but the driver didn’t seem overly interested. The driver was unable to follow any instructions and eventually told the officer that he no longer wanted to do the tests.
The driver faces potential charges for Impaired Driving as well as Refusing to Comply With Demand. He was released on a Promise to Appear for Court in December.