Ambulance chaser slapped with $483 speeding ticket

As a speeding ambulance raced through rush-hour traffic, a driver tried to slip into the wake of the flashing lights and blaring siren.

  • Nov. 29, 2011 11:00 a.m.

As a speeding ambulance raced through rush-hour traffic, a driver from Cobble Hill tried to slip into the wake of the flashing lights and blaring siren.

They passed other drivers who had slowed down and pulled over, eventually driving right through a speed trap set up on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Saanich police were set up, around 6 p.m. on Nov. 19, at the north end of Douglas Street near Uptown when they saw and heard an approaching ambulance.

“They saw a truck following the ambulance, with its lights and sirens on, trying to let it part the sea while he follows too closely behind,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

The grey Ford F150 was clocked travelling at 95 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

“We do see this on an irregular basis, and this is obviously not something that is condoned or recommended,” Jantzen said. “And we advise agencies like the B.C. Ambulance Service and the fire services that if a situation like this happens, they can share a licence plate number with us and we’ll follow up on it.”

The driver, a 25-year-old Cobble Hill man, was issued a $483 ticket and her truck was impounded for seven days.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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