Impaired driver caught within 24 hours of New Year

Lake Country

2024-01-02 17:01 HNP

Dossier nº 2024-179

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

 personal and police vehicles on highway 97 in the dark

View larger image: Personal and police vehicles on highway 97

It took Lake Country RCMP less than 24 hours to start their first impaired driving investigation of 2024. On January 1, 2024 at 11:30 p.m., travelers on Hwy 97 near Oceola Rd came across an SUV parked and blocking north bound lanes. Witnesses were able to secure the vehicle, call 911 and monitor the driver until police arrived. Officers attended, determined there was no collision or break down and believed the female driver’s ability was affected by alcohol.

The driver was arrested for impaired operation and escorted to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment to provide breath samples. The driver was later released on an Undertaking with a court date for Failure or Refusal to Comply with Demand and is now prohibited from driving for the next 90 days on top of the vehicle being impounded.

 In 2023, Lake Country Detachment officers took approximately 89 drivers off their roads for a variety of alcohol related offences. Through continued education, enforcement and public engagement, we are working hard to reduce this number and continue to improve road safety for years to come. In this particular incident, witnesses on scene were instrumental at preventing any further danger to the public and assisted immensely with the investigation and for that we are truly thankful to them. 

-Cpl.Birtwistle, Lake Country Watch Commander, Media relations Officer

Diffusé par :

Cap. Ryder Birtwistle
Agent des relations avec les m├ędias
GRC de Lake Country
3231 chemin Berry, Lake Country (C.-B.), V4V 1T8
Bureau : 250-766-2288

Courriel : ryder.birtwistle@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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