Speed Watch vehicle struck in Lavington

The Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit worker had been watching for speeders on Learmouth Road in Lavington Wednesday.

The Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit worker had been watching for speeders on Learmouth Road in Lavington Wednesday.

After his two-hour session, the worker watched his vehicle get sideswiped by another vehicle.

“While doing his Speed Watch session, the worker noticed that there had been a vehicle that was broken down up the road and had been obstructing traffic,” said Cpl. Gerry Kovacs, with the RCMP.

“The worker wrapped up his shift and went to get details and a license plate number on the broken down vehicle.”

The worker pulled in behind the vehicle and was in the process of recording data when another vehicle pulled up from behind and ended up side-swiping the Safe Communities Unit vehicle.

The driver stopped and, after an investigation by the Safe Communities Unit worker, it was discovered he was the owner of the broken down vehicle.

“He had gone somewhere to get another vehicle and was coming back to fix his,” said Kovacs.

RCMP were notified and the driver was given a roadside breath test where police say he blew more than three times the legal limit.

He was also prohibited from driving at the time of the incident.

A 43-year-old Vernon man was taken into custody and was charged with impaired driving and driving while prohibited.

He is expected to answer the charges in court at a later date.