Kelowna Police SUV damaged during arrest of suspected drug impaired driver

Kelowna, West Kelowna, BC – A Kamloops woman faces potential charges, including criminal impaired operation of a motor vehicle, after her reckless driving behaviour generated multiple police files in the Central Okanagan.

On April 6, 2019 just moments before 8:30 a.m., an enforcement officer was in the middle of a traffic stop with another vehicle along Highway 97 south of Peachland, when the driver of a red Ford F350 pickup truck allegedly passed the police vehicle northbound at a very high rate of speed.

Additional police officers responded to the area in an attempt to locate and intercept the suspect vehicle before it entered into West Kelowna. A short time later, police received a report of an attempted car-jacking near Renfrew Road in Peachland, which police believed involved the female driver of the red Ford pickup truck they were actively searching for.

RCMP officers in unmarked police vehicles re-acquired the suspect vehicle south of Peachland, now headed southbound towards Summerland. While travelling below the posted speed limit, the suspect unknowingly flagged one of those unmarked police cars to pass her.

“Additional marked and unmarked patrol units moved in and surrounded the suspect vehicle, when police believed it was safe to do so,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna Regional RCMP. “Our officers were forced to box the suspect vehicle in, after the driver attempted to reverse and flee.”

“Once the vehicle was immobilized the female driver climbed out of her passenger side window in an effort to further evade police capture. She was taken into police custody a short distance away. Thankfully no one was injured during the unfolding of each of the events,” adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

Investigators who recovered drug paraphernalia from inside the woman’s vehicle continue their investigation. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) was called upon to conduct a drug influence evaluation on the woman. She now faces potential charges and is expected to appear in Court at a later date.

Any additional witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880.

File # 2019-18418

Kelowna RCMP

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