Initiation stunt starts school year off with criminal charges

Wrong way driving comes at wrong time for UVic student

A University of Victoria student had a poor start to the year, thanks to an initiation stunt.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, the 17-year-old male student drove the wrong way around Ring Road, sideswiping a security officer’s vehicle, crashing into a pole and trying to drive away from the scene.

UVic security and Saanich police officers stopped the driver nearby. An Oak Bay police investigation determined the wrong-way driving stunt was part of an initiation dare led by a campus club.

It was also determined the driver had been drinking that night. As a result, he lost his driver’s licence for 90 days and had his car impounded for 30, plus was charged for driving contrary to restrictions and for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

The student was not injured.