Debris trail leads police to impaired Nanaimo driver

Driver facing charges after early morning crash in Greater Victoria

A Nanaimo man is facing a slew of charges after an early morning crash in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

A Nanaimo man is facing a slew of charges after an early morning crash in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

An early morning crash led Saanich police to a motorist who blew twice the legal limit while driving while prohibited.

Parked near the Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road intersection, two Saanich police officers heard a loud crash shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday (July 19). They drove towards the sound and found evidence a driver had crashed into the concrete centre island on Cedar Hill Cross Road. The officers followed a trail of debris and fluids to a parking lot on Ophir Street.

As they pulled into the lot, they witnessed a man get out of the driver’s seat and run from the vehicle, according to a release from the Saanich Police Department. One officer caught the man as he tried and failed to climb a nearby fence.

The officers then discovered the man was prohibited from driving and was in breach of prohibition stemming from a break and enter conviction. He also provided breath samples that were twice the legal limit.

The 36-year-old Nanaimo man faces charges including impaired operation of a vehicle, breach of probation and driving while prohibited.

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