Don’t drive to the police station if you have been drinking

Sunday evening, just before 10pm, a male was arrested for being drunk at UVIC. A while later, his girlfriend, who had also been drinking, drove to the police station to pick him up.

Just before 10pm on Sunday evening, an 18 year old male was seen yelling at people and stumbling around by officers in the Lot 5 area of UVIC. When speaking with officers he was barely able to stand and smelled strongly of alcohol and really didn’t know where he was.

He then became confrontational and hostile with officers and was arrested under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act for being intoxicated and secured in cells.

A while later, at about 10:30 pm, the drunk man’s, 19 year old girlfriend, arrived at the Saanich Police headquarters. She wanted to pick up her boyfriend from jail.

While speaking to an officer at the front desk she was also found to have a strong odour of liquor. When asked how she arrived at the police station, she said in a cab. When officers looked at the video monitors, no cab was seen at the station.

When she departed the station she was watched on camera walking towards a vehicle in the lot. She was intercepted by an officer prior to entering the vehicle, but admitted to driving it to the police station.

A roadside breath test was administered and a ‘fail’ reading obtained. As a result a 90 day IRP was issued and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Apparently the car belonged to the driver’s sister.

“The moral to the story is don’t drive to the police station if you have been drinking,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.


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