Highway golfer arrested

Maybe he was unclear about the concept of a driving range.

A 53-year-old Kamloops duffer apparently working on his game allegedly struck a moving semi trailer while trying to fly balls over the Trans-Canada Highway in Valleyview this week.

Just before 11 a.m. on Monday, July 18, police were called to the Trans-Canada frontage road near Knollwood Drive after a trucker said his rig was pelted with a golf ball.

The driver said he was travelling east-bound on the highway when he noticed a man on the south shoulder teeing up a golf ball.

He told police that as he drove past the man, he heard the sound of something hitting the box of his truck — and later inspection revealed a Titleist-sized dent, Mounties said.

Other witnesses also said they'd seen the man teeing up and hitting balls across the four-lane highway.

Investigators found a man nearby with a golf bag on the bottom rack of a grocery cart.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said the golfer told cops he found the bag in a dumpster, and claimed he wasn't trying to hit cars.

"He stated he was attempting to land the golf balls into the empty rail cars on the north side of the highway, and that he waited for traffic to clear before hitting a ball," he said.

"When confronted with the information about the damage to the [truck], the man accused the truck driver of speeding and stated that it interfered with his timing."

Learned said the golfer was arrested, and has since been released on a promise to appear in court.

Police are recommending charges of mischief to property and mischief endangering life.

He's slated to appear in court on Aug. 22.


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