A large police presence near Pen High last Thursday, Jan. 14, was in response to an erratic driver who rammed one vehicle and almost collided with other on-coming vehicles. Police arrested a 28-year-old woman on the scene who is now facing drunk driving and dangerous driving charges.
The unusual incident started at 2:30 p.m. when officers were alerted to an erratic driver who was seen driving very slowly, then quickly accelerating, almost colliding with on-coming vehicles as it travelled along Fairview Avenue, stated Penticton RCMP Const. James Grandy.
As officers combed the area, a witness, who was on the line with 911, reported the driver was now in front of the Penticton Secondary School. While the witness was directly behind the vehicle, the driver immediately reversed, ramming into their vehicle. Both occupants of the witness vehicle were able to get out of their car, suffering minor injuries.
Officers arrived shortly after and placed the 28-year-old driver into custody for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
A heavy police presence had congregated downtown near the intersection of Eckhardt Avenue and Ellis Street at the time of her arrest.
A tow truck was also spotted on the scene. School was just getting out at the time. School busses were redirected to come down Ellis Street to get into the school’s bus bay.
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