UPDATE: Suspects charged after bridge incident

Kelowna RCMP are on the scene of an accident at the WR Bennett bridge involving a police cruiser and a semi-truck

  • Jan. 12, 2017 1:00 p.m.

Traffic is now moving on the WR Bennett bridge heading into Kelowna after a police incident.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

Michael Dennison, 25, and Ryan Regan, 33 are facing charges after Thursday’s bridge incident.

Court registry said Dennison is charged with: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from peace officer, two counts of failure to stop at accident with vehicle, mischief to property over $5,000 and assult with a weapon.

Regan is charged with: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a police officer, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and breach of probation.

Both are in custody awaiting a bail hearing on Monday.

Friday 9:10 a.m.

Two men, a 33-year-old and 25-year-old, both of Kelowna remain in police custody at this time, as they each face potential charges. They are expected to appear in Court today.

4:50 p.m.

Two suspects are now in custody after Kelowna RCMP shut down the eastbound lanes of the William R. Bennett bridge in Kelowna this morning.

RCMP in Penticton stopped two occupants in a suspicious vehicle earlier in the morning of Jan. 12, but the driver sped off before police could speak with them. Police did not pursue, but shared information about the vehicle with other nearby detachments.

Attempts were then made to stop the vehicle again in West Kelowna, and Kelowna Police Dog Services and Air Services were engaged.

For safety reasons police decided to partially shut down the WC Bennett bridge, at which time the suspect vehicle came to a stop. Both suspects were then apprehended by police.

We very much appreciate the public’s patience when it comes to situations such as this, said Corporal Jesse O’Donaghey.

Making sure no one gets hurt is always our top goal, and that’s why we’re very pleased to have resources such as Air Services and police dogs to help us quickly conclude these type of situations.


UPDATE: Traffic flow is now moving into Kelowna on the WR Bennett bridge after a police incident this morning that saw two people arrested.


A police incident has prompted the closure of the eastbound lanes of the William R. Bennett bridge in Kelowna.

At this time RCMP can confirm that two suspects have been taken into police custody and that no other suspects are believed to be outstanding.

Reports from the scene indicate multiple vehicles were involved including at least one police cruiser and a semi-truck. At least one police cruiser at the scene was damaged.

The investigation is ongoing at this time as police work quickly to re-open at least one lane of traffic across the bridge

One lane of traffic remains open while a multi-vehicle accident has closed the lane heading into Kelowna, from West Kelowna.

The Capital News is on the scene and will provide more details as they become available.

The incident is in the middle of the bridge and traffic is completely blocked off heading into Kelowna.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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