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Driver seriously injured when vehicle rear-ended by pickup in North Shuswap

Chase driver ‘found to be neither licensed nor sober’
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A driver sustained serious injuries in a rear-end collision that occurred on Squilax Anglemont Road on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (Black Press file photo)

At 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Chase RCMP and BC Emergency Health Services personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision on Squilax Anglemont Road in Lee Creek. Sgt. Barry Kennedy said attending officers found a red Kia sedan that appeared to have been rear-ended by a grey Dodge pickup.

“Witnesses reported that the Kia was stopped in the travel lane, waiting to perform a left turn when traffic cleared,” said Kennedy. “Unfortunately, the pickup travelling behind the Kia did not stop until it struck the Kia at highway speed.”

The driver of the Kia sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital by air ambulance. The driver of the pickup was not injured, and was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care.

Impaired driver

A Chase driver was temporarily held in police custody after failing a roadside screening test for impairment.

At 3:37 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, RCMP out on patrol stopped a red Honda minivan on Wilson Street in Chase for a licence and sobriety check. Kennedy said the driver, a 37-year-old Chase resident, “was found to be neither licensed nor sober.”

Breath samples obtained roadside resulted in “Fail” readings. The driver was issued a violation ticket for not having a driver’s licence, and was handed a 90-day driving prohibition, with their vehicle being impounded for 30 days.

“During the traffic stop, the female became highly agitated, exhibiting behaviour that caused police to be concerned for her safety,” said Kennedy. “She was, therefore, held in police custody until sober and able to care for herself.”

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Lachlan Labere

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