Suspect impaired driver rolls vehicle into water-filled Kelowna drainage ditch

Roll Over Crash. Travis Lowe/Global News

KELOWNA – It’s believed the driver was drunk when he crashed his pickup truck into a watery ditch Friday in Kelowna.

It happened at about 9:30 a.m. on Valley Road near Kane Road in the Glenmore neighbourhood.

The driver, in his early 20’s and from Comox, managed to get out of the tipped over vehicle and walk away.

A witness told police the man’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol. The witness provided a description and direction of travel allowing officers to make a quick arrest.

“There are impaired drivers on the road at all times of the day,” says Cst. Chris Neid. “Sometimes it’s from the night before, people just haven’t stopped drinking. It’s not surprising at all to find someone impaired at 9:30 in the morning.”

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The man was taken to the RCMP detachment for breathalyzer tests.

Some engine fluids leaked from the pickup into the water which flows into Brandts Creek. Fire Department crews used absorbent pads to sop up the pollutants.

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