Car drives into Kelowna hospital

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
December 29th, 2010

Ed. Note: The follwing is a press release issued by RCMP Sgt. Ann Morrison:

Kelowna RCMP members were called to Kelowna General Hospital at around 11 p.m Monday to deal with a vehicle that had crashed into the building.

Investigation revealed that an adult male had attended KGH Emergency earlier to see a doctor . He waited to be examined and left the hospital before being seen by a physician.

He returned to express his frustration with hospital staff over having to wait 45 minutes and threatened to drive his vehicle through the doors if he didn’t get attention. The staff member asked him to calm down and remove the threat. The male left the hospital and moments later, drove his vehicle through the emergency double door (person door) of the hospital, coming to a stop inside the hallway of the hospital.

When police arrived the male was still inside the vehicle. The male was arrested for Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Mischief over $5,000 and Utter Threat Against Property.
He remained cooperative throughout the arrest and was transported to Kelowna Detachment cells. He will appear in Court today.

He is 41 years old, from Kelowna and does not have a criminal record. He has charges of possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose pending in the courts from a previous incident in March.

The vehicle involved was a 1987 Chev Blazer, the male is the registered owner. Both the vehicle and the hospital building have extensive damage.

Thankfully, there were no injuries from this incident, however there were two elderly people in the immediate area inside the hospital.


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