Date: February 8, 2021
A driver was arrested by an Integrated Canine Officer (ICS) Sunday afternoon after failing to stop for police related to a traffic incident in Saanich.
On February 7, 2021 at approximately 2:30 p.m. a Saanich Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the 100 block of Burnside Road West after observing a motor vehicle act violation.The driver, however, did not stop as directed and fled, speeding and driving without due care and attention through the busy intersection of Tillicum Road. After it was clear the vehicle was not going to stop. the officer did not pursue. Additionally, the officer had captured the details of the vehicle and believed they also knew the identity of the driver.
An ICS officer was in the area and heard the police radio broadcast regarding this suspect vehicle. Within minutes, the officer located the vehicle in a parking lot on Gorge Road East in Victoria. The driver was arrested, and a subsequent search revealed drugs packaged for sale and other drug paraphernalia that led officers to believe the driver was trafficking drugs. The driver was also in breach of court-imposed conditions. The driver, who was well known to police, was charged and later released with a court date. The investigation is on-going.
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information and Communications Officer