RCMP officer and prohibited driver meet for second time

A 50-year-old Lumby man faces a number of charges following midday encounter with officer who arrested him last year

They meet again.

A member of the RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services was making patrols in the Lumby area Friday at 2 p.m. when he noticed a prohibited driver operating his vehicle in a village residential neighbourhood.

The officer drove up to the vehicle in a marked police vehicle, and noticed the man drinking from a can of beer in the driver’s seat.

“The driver was so intoxicated he didn’t even notice the police vehicle pulling up in front of him,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“It turns out this suspect driver was involved in another impaired driving case in late 2014 in Lumby that was investigated by the same police officer, and he was driving the same vehicle at the time.

The vehicle, which belonged to the suspect driver’s roommate was impounded in 2014, and it was impounded again Friday.

A 50-year-old Lumby man was arrested for impaired driving and driving while prohibited. He is expected to face charges of impaired driving, driving with more than 80mg of alcohol, driving while prohibited, and possessing open liquor in a motor vehicle.


Vernon Morning Star