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Suspended driver behind the wheel

Not wearing a seatbelt cost one man a lot more than a ticket when he was discovered driving while prohibited.

RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says on Thursday evening Jan 30 at 6:35 p.m. an officer from the North Okanagan Traffic Services noticed a blue 1988 GMC 2500 pickup heading eastbound on 25th Ave near 41st street in Vernon.

The driver was the only person in the vehicle and he was not wearing his seatbelt.

“Our officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle in the parking lot of the Wholesale Club,” said Molendyk.

The 68-year-old Vernon man failed to produce his driver’s license.

While police continued to speak with the man the smell of liquor was noticed on his breath and after further investigation RCMP learned the driver was Prohibited / Suspended from Driving under the Motor Vehicle Act.

“The driver subsequently refused to provide a breath sample and was arrested,” said Molendyk.

The suspect was released on a promise to appear.

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