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Kelowna  

Cops busy with drunks

Kelowna RCMP issued dozens of tickets and removed 14 alleged impaired drivers and two prohibited drivers from the streets overnight on St. Patrick's Day.

At a check stop in Rutland early Sunday, an "officer detected an odour of liquor" on the breath of the driver of a blue GMC van "and noted additional signs and symptoms, which led him to believe that the driver’s ability to safely operate his motor vehicle may be affected by alcohol,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The driver failed a roadside breathalyzer test.

“The officer then provided the driver with another demand and transported him to the local detachment where he provided samples of his breath in excess of the legal limit,” said O’Donaghey.

A further investigation showed the alleged impaired driver was a prohibited driver, stemming from a previous impaired driving incident.

A 24-year-old Kelowna man was issued an additional driving prohibition and faces potential criminal charges.

He is expected to appear in court on June 6.



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