Downtown crash sends two to hospital

A two-vehicle early morning weekend collision in downtown Vernon resulted in the arrest of one North Okanagan man.

A two-vehicle early morning weekend collision in downtown Vernon resulted in the arrest of one North Okanagan man.

Vernon RCMP were called to an accident in the downtown core at 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

“A red Jeep Cherokee was travelling on 30th Avenue when it was in collision with a silver Chevrolet Cavalier,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The  Cavalier was located about 30 feet south of 30th Avenue, facing north, on 34th Street.

Molendyk said the occupants of the Jeep were still at the scene.  They were transported by ambulance to hospital to be checked out.

The driver and passenger of the Cavalier fled the scene, but were located a short time later in the 3300 block of 31st avenue.

The driver of the Cavalier, a 29-year-old Armstrong man, was arrested and charged with impaired driving, prohibited driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.

“Our officers would like to thank a witness who helped in reporting they saw the driver run from the scene,” said Molendyk.