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Aggressive, erratic driver rear-ends bus

Even before a black Dodge pickup truck rear-ended a double-decker transit bus during the Monday morning commute, Saanich police were aware of the truck's erratic driving.

Around 9:30 a.m. a driver headed southbound on the Patricia Bay Highway called police to report aggressive and dangerous driving from a Dodge pickup.

The caller lost sight of the truck for a short while, but spotted it again at the McKenzie Avenue exit, crashed into the back of a bus.

None of the 25 to 30 passengers on board the bus at the time were injured. Saanich police officers attended the crash scene, and found the pickup driver to be "extremely resistant."

"He was fighting with our officers, he spat on one officer and he was making threatening comments at them," said Sgt. Dean Jantzen. "It was the same thing with the ambulance crews."

The driver, a 25-year-old Fraser Valley resident, was taken to hospital under police escort.

"We don't know what the cause of the accident is at this point in time. … They're looking at alcohol and drugs, to see if they were factors or not, or whether it's a medical condition," Jantzen said.

Charges have not been laid, but police are looking at forwarding charges of assaulting a police officer and possibly impaired driving.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

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