Officer Catches Fleeing Impaired Driver 21-16304

Date: July 19, 2021

File: 21-16304

On Monday, July 19th, 2021 two Saanich Police officers were parked near the intersection of Shelbourne Street at Cedar Hill Cross Road when they heard a loud crash at 1:50 a.m. As they drove toward the sound, they saw evidence that a vehicle had crashed into the concrete centre island on Cedar Hill X Road, leaving a trail of debris and fluids which they then followed into a parking lot on Ophir Street.

As the officers pulled up, they saw a man get out of the driver’s seat, who then chose to run from the vehicle. One of the officers was able to catch the driver as he failed to climb a nearby fence.

As the investigation unfolded, it was discovered that the driver was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle, was in breach of probation stemming from a break and enter conviction, and later provided breath samples that were twice over the legal limit.

“This individual made a series of poor decisions that posed significant risks to the public, fortunately only resulting in substantial consequences for and him alone.”

The man, 36, from Nanaimo, is now facing charges of impaired operation of a conveyance, breach of probation, and driving while prohibited.

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

[email protected]

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