Police nab driver with 50-year suspension

A Summerland man with a 50-year driving prohibition fled in a vehicle from RCMP on Tuesday evening.

A Summerland man with a 50-year driving prohibition fled in a vehicle from RCMP on Tuesday evening.

West Kelowna RCMP were asked to assist in apprehending the driver after he evaded a Summerland RCMP member around 10 p.m.

Const. John Brown of the West Kelowna/Kelowna rural detachment said officers were positioned in Peachland, but the 46-year-old driver never made it. Brown said the Summerland man lost control of his 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, crossed the oncoming lane, went into the ditch and overturned at a high rate of speed near Antlers Beach.

“The driver then exited the vehicle and was walking along Highway 97 when he was apprehended by police after a brief struggle,” said Brown.

The man was uninjured in the crash, although his vehicle was a complete write-off.

RCMP said they received several possible impaired driver complaints in West Kelowna, on Highway 97C, Penticton and Summerland earlier in the day for the same Sunfire. The driver was held in custody to appear on charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, resisting arrest and Criminal Code offences of driving while prohibited under the Motor Vehicle Act.