Banned driver nabbed behind the wheel

A 40-year-old View Royal man who wasn’t supposed to be on the road was arrested last Saturday night

A 40-year-old View Royal man who wasn’t supposed to be on the road was arrested last Saturday night after his bad driving caught the attention of the Saanich police.

An officer pulled over a 1992 Acura around 8:20 p.m. on Harriet Road on May 26, but the driver couldn’t produce a valid driver’s licence.

He said he had a valid California licence but the officer found the man had an outstanding warrant on the West Shore for a prohibited driving charge. He was arrested, the vehicle was impounded, and the man was issued another driving prohibition.

“Once again, we have a situation where we see a chronic driver with no licence who continues to drive,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

Traffic safety officers see, on a daily basis, cases where suspended B.C. drivers have been able to successfully receive a licence from another jurisdiction, such as Alberta or Washington state.

“Regardless if you hold a licence (from another province or state), if you are suspended in B.C., you are not to be driving on our roads,” Jantzen said.