Wrecked fields connection

Vernon RCMP believe thousands of dollars in damage done to fields at Creekside Park in Coldstream yesterday may be connected to an impaired driving investigation.

On Tuesday, police received a number of complaints of an erratic and possibly impaired driver in the Coldstream area. The vehicle was said to have front end damage and the driver appeared to be disoriented, stopping multiple times to ask for directions.

An officer attended the area and pulled over a dark grey Dodge Charger with extensive front end damage on Ponderosa Way.

When the driver displayed signs of alcohol intoxication he was given two roadside breath tests and failed both, said RCMP.

“The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP wish to thank those citizens who called in to report the erratic driving behaviour,” said Const. Kelly Brett, RCMP spokesperson. “It is as a result of the actions of those concerned members of the public that may have averted a tragedy and saved someone’s life that afternoon.”

The driver, a 32-year-old Kamloops man, was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and had his vehicle impounded for a month.

A few hours later, police received a report of extensive damage to Creekside Park, off Kidston Road, where vehicle tracks have marred the fields.

“Creekside Park received significant damages to the fields, leaving thousands of dollars of repairs to be done," said Brett. “We believe the incidents may be connected at this time and are looking to speak to any witnesses.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171.

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