Three separate impaired investigations kept officers busy on Saturday evening.
Saturday evening, May 19th, at about 10:45pm, a black Ford Ranger was seen turning onto Quadra street in front of an officer in a police vehicle. The truck accelerated up to 85km per hour and the officer turned on his lights and siren. The truck then slowed but did not stop initially until the officer yelled at the driver over the PA system. When the officer spoke to the driver, a 50 year old Saanich resident, he noted some alcohol which led to a fail reading on the ASD.
The driver was arrested and provided samples which were approximately three times the legal limit.
Again Saturday evening, at about 11:15pm, a call was received in the Saanich Police Communications Centre about a possible impaired driver on the Trans Canada highway near McKenzie ave. The Nissan Maxima, was seen to be swerving all over the roadway. The caller kept the vehicle in view and officers were deployed to intercept. The driver, a 27 year old female Colwood resident, was contacted and found to have been drinking. She failed a roadside test and was returned to headquarters where samples revealed approximately double the legal limit of alcohol.
On Sunday, May 20th, at about 3am, a single vehicle crash was reported when a vehicle went off road on the Trans Canada near Helmcken road. The Nissan Sentra knocked over a pole and the driver fled. The first officer to arrive was a canine officer who quickly tracked the suspect.
The 31 year old Saanich male, was located by the dog a few blocks away on Portage road hiding in some bushes. A blood demand was made and samples were obtained from the driver who was released pending the analysis.