Driver arrested after wild ride on Sooke Road

44-year-old man from Victoria faces drunk driving, drug charges

A tip from a concerned citizen led to the arrest of a man who RCMP say was driving erratically on Sooke Road and nearly missed a collision with a fuel tanker – and it was all captured on camera.

The complainant recorded the incident with a dash-mounted video camera in their vehicle and updated police dispatch.

Officers were called to an area near Sooke and Connie roads just before 8 a.m. last Thursday after reports of a vehicle swerving on one side of the road to the other. There was a near miss head-on collision with an eastbound fuel tanker.

Police stopped the vehicle as it entered a construction zone near Harbourview Road. The driver was arrested for drunk driving. Police found a quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

A Victoria man, 44, faces charges of impaired driving , dangerous driving, and possession of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in Colwood court on June 28.

The arrest comes as Sooke RCMP are putting a greater emphasis on drunk driving enforcement. Police charged 18 people with drunk driving through the first two months of the year.

“Members of the Sooke RCMP continue to clamp down on impaired drivers in Sooke and through to Port Renfrew,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

“Reports from members of the public such as this case of impaired and erratic drivers on Sooke Road are so important to us and come in on an almost daily basis. They are treated as a high priority.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 250-642-5241 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Just Posted

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Moon Lantern festival to light up Gordon Head

Saturday night festival celebrates harvest moon, fall season

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

Most Read