Spike belts used to end flight of suspected impaired driver

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

RCMP used a spike belt to immobilize the vehicle of an alleged unsafe and suspected impaired driver Thursday in Lake Country.

Kelowna RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver who had been seen driving erratically along Highway 97 in Kelowna just after 10:30 a.m.

During the officer's initial interaction with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, he detected obvious signs and symptoms that the man's ability to operate his vehicle in a safe manner was grossly affected by an intoxicating substance.

The Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) has taken lead on the murder investigation.

"Within moments of being stopped, the suspect put his vehicle into gear and fled northbound on the highway toward Lake Country", O'Donaghey says.

The vehicle was not pursued by officers on the ground, but RCMP air patrol monitored the suspect from the sky.

"Officers were successful in their third attempt of deploying a spike belt, on Highway 97 near Oceola Road in Lake Country, which effectively deflated the tires of the suspect vehicle", O'Donaghey says.

Police also seized an undisclosed amount of suspected illicit drugs during the arrest.

"Police can now confirm that the body discovered is that of a female, believed to be between 25 to 35 years of age, at the time of her death", Cpl.

The suspect was taken to the Kelowna RCMP detachment for testing, and a drug-recognition expert was called in to conduct a drug-influence evaluation.

Anyone who may have witnessed anything in the area prior, or anyone with any information is asked to contact the Serious Crimes Unit of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

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