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Woman leaps from stolen car in attempted escape

A woman in a stolen car sped away from police on Saturday, but ended up leaping from the moving vehicle near Tillicum Centre.

Saanich police traffic officers zeroed in on the car after the automatic licence plate reader reported that it was stolen a few days earlier out of Surrey.

A patrol officer pulled the car over in the 3200-block of Douglas St. (near the area of Tolmie Avenue) at 10 a.m., but the lone female driver soon sped off at high speed.

Not long after, 911 calls poured in from witnesses reporting a car driving dangerously. Officers found it smashed against a wall at the Pearkes Recreation Centre.

Witnesses told police the woman jumped from the car as it was moving, before it struck the building. The recreation centre didn’t suffer serious damage and the woman wasn’t injured.

Police arrested a 27-year-old woman from Surrey, who faces charges of dangerous driving, escaping custody, possession of stolen property and failing to stop for police.

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