Man arrested for dangerous, impaired driving

After several near-miss collisions, police didn't have to stop an alleged dangerous and impaired driver — he was already stopped completely blocking the driving lane on 10th Avenue SE near Highway 97B.

The situation began at 12:57 p.m., when a motorist reported a black BMW-type vehicle had nearly caused a head-on collision with him on 30th Street near 7th Avenue NE. Five minutes later, a second motorist reported a black Audi driving dangerously in the Salmon Arm Industrial Park at speeds of 120 km/h. The driver was also ignoring stop signs and travelling in the wrong lane.

When police located the vehicle on 10th Avenue, the driver got out of the vehicle and was immediately observed to be grossly intoxicated. He was arrested, and once returned to the RCMP detachment, the man refused to provide a breath test and became violent with officers.

The suspect was held in custody and appeared in court March 2.

Mitchell D. Fadden, 22, of Salmon Arm is now facing charges of impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and obstructing a peace officer. He will be back in Salmon Arm Provincial Court March 15.



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