Dramatic arrest

UPDATE: 3:50 p.m

An erratic driver who lost control of his vehicle near UBC Okanagan Thursday night could face charges.

Just before 10:30 p.m., RCMP say the 29-year-old Kelowna man was seen driving a Nissan sedan at extremely high speeds.

According to witnesses, he hit a Highway 97 median then spun 180 degrees before his car stopped.

He ran after he was unable to restart the car, but was located with the assistance of witnesses. Police detained him after finding evidence of alcohol impairment.

Breath samples revealed a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit. 

“This incident clearly demonstrates the dangers of driving while impaired," said traffic investigator Const. Steve Holmes. “It was fortunate he only hit a median and not another vehicle or vehicles.” 

UPDATE: Feb. 17, 8:10 a.m.

A witness tells Castanet he was one of the people who stopped after a vehicle crashed on Highway 97.

"The driver of the car had been driving erratically before he crashed and smelled like alcohol," said the man, who asked to remain anonymous. 

"When another witness and I confronted him, he ran from the scene on foot. We caught up to him and placed him under citizen's arrest before RCMP showed up. Very lucky someone wasn't killed."

Police have not yet released any details.

ORIGINAL: Feb. 16, 10:55 p.m.

A dramatic police incident near UBC Okanagan has left a vehicle facing the wrong direction on Highway 97 and at least one man in handcuffs.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, just north of the university.

The black car, left in the northbound lane and facing the wrong direction, had its doors open and its hood up.

A man was arrested on the opposite side of the highway from the car. 

Three other cars, presumably witnesses to the incident, were pulled over in the area. 

- With files from Alanna Kelly

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