Late Tuesday afternoon, police received numerous calls from the public about an erratic driver in Vernon.

On September 8th, 2020, at approximately 6:20pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a complaint about a possible impaired driver westbound into Vernon on Highway 6. Prior to police intercepting the vehicle, a second report was received that the vehicle had travelled through Vernon and was southbound on Mission Rd. Witnesses describe the vehicle as unable to maintain its lane and had encroached into oncoming traffic. The vehicle eventually collided with a light standard in the 900 block of Mission Road where the vehicle became disabled.

Since police cannot be everywhere at once, we rely on members of the public to alert us to dangerous driving behaviour. Said Cpl Tania Finn, Media Relations Officer with the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. By reporting impaired drivers to police, members of the public play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe.

With the assistance of BC Ambulance Service and Vernon Fire Rescue Service, front line officers attended to the collision. Police located the driver on scene and, based on observations, conducted an impaired driving investigation. As a result, the driver was issued a 90 day roadside driving prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days under the Motor Vehicle Act. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.