Date takes off

Chivalry is, apparently, dead. At least it is for one young woman.

Chivalry is, apparently, dead.

At least it is for one young woman.

Vernon RCMP members on patrol Tuesday noticed a Mazda sports car speeding southbound on Highway 97 in the area of Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“Our police officer right away activated the emergency lights to stop the suspect car, and the driver immediately took off and abandoned the vehicle soon after,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Police found the Mazda behind the hospital a short time later. While they didn’t find the driver, they did discover he left in such a hurry that he left behind a young woman still sitting in the car.

The pair had been out on a first date.

The 23-year-old man turned himself into the Kelowna RCMP detachment later on, and he is facing a charge of failing to stop for police.

“I am sure the young lady has a story to tell her friends, although we are not sure there will be a second date in this case,” said Molendyk, who is not sure how the man made it back to Kelowna.