Kamloops man charged in 'ping-pong' crash in Vernon
It could have been a lot worse.
A 24-year-old Kamloops man with no valid B.C. driver’s licence is facing alcohol-related driving offences, along with a charge of failing to remain at the scene of an accident, after a car was driven into a number of parked vehicles in Vernon on Saturday afternoon (March 9).
Vernon RCMP were called to the area of 32nd Avenue and 34th Street in the downtown core shortly after 12:30 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that hit four parked motor vehicles and a lamp standard, then drove away, according to Vernon RCMP Cpl. Gerry Kovacs.
The suspect behind the wheel of the 2003 white Chev Impala made his way to the 3600-block of 24th Avenue, striking another parked van and pickup.
The man was pulled over and taken into custody.
“There were lots of witnesses,” Kovac said. “It was broad daylight. People were following him. Apparently, a pedestrian was almost struck in the middle of this somewhere. We’re still taking statements and trying to piece this thing together.”
Damage to the parked vehicles varied.
“It’s kind of one of those ping-pong driving episodes,” Kovacs said. “We’re not talking high-speed crunches. It’s lower-speed driving, bouncing off vehicles.”