Impaired driver evades police but eventually arrested in Penticton

An impaired driver driving erratically to evade RCMP on Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of an Osoyoos man.

Penticton RCMP

Penticton RCMP

An impaired man driving erratically to evade RCMP on Wednesday afternoon led to the arrest of an Osoyoos man.

RCMP received a report at approximately 2:50 p.m. from a complainant stating that a family member had taken off in a vehicle and was impaired.

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The vehicle was travelling on Highway 97 at a high rate of speed, resulting in two other calls to police from motorists that observed the vehicle driving erratically near Kaleden.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said a RCMP member from the South Okanagan Traffic Services located the vehicle travelling north on Highway 97 to Penticton. An attempt to stop the vehicle resulted in the driver swerving dangerously into the oncoming lanes. RCMP did not pursue the vehicle for safety reasons.

Patrols continued for the vehicle and it was located a short time later on Elm Street. Wrigglesworth said the driver attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody by Penticton Traffic Services members.

A 29-year-old male from Osoyoos is now facing multiple Criminal Code charges for flight from police and impaired driving.