UPDATE: Drugs found on driver involved in mass crash
Police believe drugs may have played a role in a violent four-car collision on a downtown Kamloops street this week that sent three people to hospital.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said police found two baggies of drugs in the possession of the driver of the vehicle believed to have caused the head-on crash.
"There may be some link to drug use and we have to look at that," he said.
The 29-year-old man, who was behind the wheel of an older-model Chevrolet Blazer SUV, was being checked out by doctors at Royal Inland Hospital following the collision when the drugs were located, Learned said.
He was receiving treatment for head injuries that turned out to be minor.
According to Learned, one of the baggies contained crack cocaine, while the other was filled with gel-cap tablets.
Police are now seeking a warrant to obtain a sample of the man's blood for testing.
The crash, on West Victoria Street just east of Overlanders Bridge, took place at about 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15. Investigators believe a westbound vehicle crossed the centre line and collided with oncoming traffic.
Learned said it could potentially be months before there is any word on potential charges.