Driver hits six parked vehicles in downtown Vernon
It could have been a lot worse.
A 24-year-old Kamloops man with no valid B.C. driver’s licence is facing alcohol-related driving offences, along with a charge of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, after allegedly driving his car into a number of parked vehicles early Saturday afternoon.
“Vernon RCMP were called to the area of 32nd Avenue and 34th Street in the downtown core shortly after 12:30 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that hit four parked motor vehicles and a lamp standard, then drove away,” said Vernon RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs.
The suspect behind the wheel of the 2003 white Chev Impala made his way to the 3600 block of 24th Avenue, allegedly striking another parked van and pickup.
The man was pulled over without incident and taken into custody.
Police received numerous reports from several witnesses to these incidents and continue to investigate.
“There were lots of witnesses,” said Kovac. “It was broad daylight. People were following him. Apparently a pedestrian was almost struck in the middle of this somewhere. We’re still taking statements and trying to piece this thing together.”
Damage to the parked vehicles varied.
“It’s kind of one of those ping-pong-driving episodes,” said Kovacs. “We’re not talking high-speed crunches. It’s lower-speed driving, bouncing off vehicles.”