Cops box-in erratic driver

Raw video Deborah Pfeiffer

The Penticton RCMP responded to a call of a man driving erratically in the downtown core, Friday afternoon.

Cpl. Ted Manchulenko said by the time he located the elderly man in front of city hall,  he wouldn't open the door or speak to him or to the gentleman whose truck mirror he hit outside Starbuck's.

"I realized he was unresponsive and there was a possibly a medical emergency present, so I called for an ambulance," he said. "But unfortunately, he decided to drive away."

The officer said he was then able to stop the forward motion with his police car at the bottom of Main Street. But the man continued to move his vehicle forward, even though he was stopped in front of him and banging on the driver's window.

A second officer arrived, and they pinned the vehicle to stop it from moving.  Manchulenko then smashed the vehicle's back window to gain access to the driver.

"As I was trying to get in after smashing the window, it was virtually the same time he bumped into the second police car," he said.

At that point he was able to stop the vehicle.

Paramedics and the fire department were also on the scene, and the man was taken away by ambulance.

"It was important to stop him, because it was apparent he needed medical attention," said Manchulenko.

The man appeared to be stable as he was taken from the scene. The incident briefly slowed traffic at the north end of Main Street.


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