Suspect arrested in connection to car crash into Kamloops building

A 26-year-old Kamloops man is facing a slew of charges after a BMW crashed into an apartment building in Brocklehurst early Sunday morning.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Edward Preto said the BMW sedan was travelling westbound on Tranquille Road at 5:35 a.m. Sunday when it lost control in the 1600-block, near Holt Street.

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The car left the road and struck a three-storey apartment building on the north side of Tranquille, with the driver running from the scene.

The impact caused extensive damage to the ground-floor apartment unit, Preto said, noting two kids in a bedroom of the unit suffered minor injuries from flying debris.

They were taken to Royal Inland Hospital for precautionary examinations.

Preto said a structural engineer has been called in to assess the structural integrity of the building.

Neighbours gathered outside the scene on Sunday morning to watch police continue their investigation, with one neighbour saying the driver ran across Tranquille Road and through backyards, fleeing southward.

Another neighbour said this was the third time in recent memory that a vehicle had lost control in the area and struck a building.

Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk said the suspect was arrested without incident later Sunday

Police were recommending the suspect be charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and breaching a conditional sentence order under the Criminal Code of Canada. Police are also recommending charges under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

Police say public information helped in the investigation.

© Kamloops This Week


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