November 29, 2021 – 2:25 pm
The BC Highway Patrol is investigating the driver involved in a crash Friday afternoon outside Peachland that shut down Highway 97.
A patrol officer was performing speed checks on Highway 97 near Brent Road in Peachland when he observed an SUV traveling southbound over the speed limit, according to an RCMP news release.
The driver received the signal to pull over and stop, but continued driving.
The officer followed the SUV before the driver lost control and crashed into the rock face next to the highway. After the accident, the driver tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by the officer.
The driver is known to police and was taken to hospital for injuries sustained in the collision, RCMP said.
The investigation was referred to the British Columbia Office of Independent Investigations for review.
On November 29, the investigation office concluded that the injuries sustained by the driver in the collision did not meet the threshold for further review and will not investigate or comment on the incident.
West Kelowna Highway Patrol and RCMP will continue to investigate the incident and are aware of dash cam footage circulating on social media.
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The driver now faces potential criminal charges for failing to stop for police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and prohibited driving.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kelowna Highway Patrol at 250-491-5354.
The RCMP is not releasing any further information at this time.
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