Distracted Driver Arrested

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say a man was arrested after an accident, when he fled from police during a distracted driving enforcement operation. 

Police say on Friday,  a Member of the North Okanagan Traffic Services attempted to stop a vehicle during a distracted driving operation, when the driver was observed operating a cell phone. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed east on 43rd Avenue, nearly colliding with a City of Vernon bus and another vehicle. The suspect vehicle continued to drive erratically through heavy traffic on 32nd Avenue, allegedly swerving into on-coming traffic and disobeying traffic lights. 

Within minutes, RCMP officers were advised of a single vehicle collision that had occurred on 43rd Ave at 27th St, were the suspect vehicle that had fled from police hit a power pole, causing significant damage. Officers responded to the scene where witnesses advised the driver of the vehicle fled on foot. 

“Officers responded quickly by flooding the area and setting up a strong containment to keep the suspect within a certain area.” Says Cst. Kelly Brett. “With the tight containment set up by officers, the suspect male was quickly taken into custody after he was seen running through a neighbourhood.” 

The driver, a 21 year old Vernon man, had outstanding warrants out of the Vernon area, however is now facing new charges that could include: dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police. He has now been released from police custody to appear in court on a future date.