UPDATE: Kelowna woman arrested after alleged erratic driving, suspected impairment

RCMP search the vehicle after pouring out what appeared to be alcohol, onto the highway. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
RCMP seen searching the vehicle after pouring out what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)RCMP seen searching the vehicle after pouring out what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Highway 97 in Kelowna. Photo: Shauna Hinch.Highway 97 in Kelowna. Photo: Shauna Hinch.

UPDATE: 1:49 p.m.

Kelowna RCMP have confirmed their presence was due to a suspected impaired driver.

Police responded in force after receiving multiple reports of an erratic driver traveling south on Hwy 97 N, near McCurdy Road.

Officers located a Dodge Durango near the intersection of Hwy 33 and Hwy 97 N.

“The driver, a 38-year-old female from the Kelowna area, was arrested at scene,” stated Kelowna RCMP Cst. Solana Paré.

“Preliminary findings indicate that impairment may be a factor. There was no injuries reported and the investigation remains ongoing at this time.”


UPDATE: 12:59 p.m.

More than five RCMP vehicles are blocking Highway 97.

Witnesses first thought there had been a two vehicle collision on Highway 97 at Banks Road, about 12:30 p.m.

However, it appears there is only one vehicle involved in a reported police incident.

A woman, who was driving a black SUV with Manitoba license plates, was arrested at the scene.

Officers could be seen searching the vehicle and pouring out what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol.

More to come.



A two-vehicle crash is blocking the left turning lane on Highway 97 at Banks Road.

The collision happened just before 12:30 p.m., Friday.

Three RCMP cruisers are on scene investigating the incident.

Those involved did not appear to need medical assistance.

Traffic is backed up headed south on Highway 97.

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