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Sports car crashes into basement suite in Saanich

Feb 02 2012
"I saw the driving crawling out of the car and I asked if he was okay and he was moaning and groaning," Gysbers said. He ran inside to call 911 and when his wife was already on the phone, he went back out to check on the driver. He was gone.  

"I saw the driving crawling out of the car and I asked if he was okay and he was moaning and groaning," Gysbers said. He ran inside to call 911 and when his wife was already on the phone, he went back out to check on the driver. He was gone.

Photograph by: Supplied photo Luke Gysbers, homeowner, timescolonist.com

A Saanich couple is amazed no one was killed earlier this morning when an out-of-control sports car driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into their house on Carey Road, pushing the couples bed but not injuring them.

“I’m just so amazed no one was killed, said Luke Gysbers, of 3901 Carey Road., who was woken up when the house shook violently.

His wife looked out the front window and saw the entire front half of the car crushed into the basement suite.

"I saw the driver crawling out of the car and I asked if he was okay and he was moaning and groaning,” said Gysbers.

Around 2 a.m. a man driving a 2004 Jaguar Sports car speeding north down Tillicum Road flew through the T-intersection at Carey Road, clipped a fence, a parked car and then careened into the front of a house in the 3900-block of Carey Road.

The entire front end of the Jaguar ended up in the bedroom of the rented basement suite, said Saanich police Staff Sgt. Scott Treble.

After seeing what had happened, Gysbers ran inside to call 911. While his wife was on the phone, he returned to check on the driver. He was gone.

The driver fled the scene on foot. He was arrested by police a few blocks away.

Police suspect the 51-year-old Saanich man had been drinking. He was suffering from head injuries and taken to Victoria General Hospital.

The homeowner’s bed was pushed a few feet by the forceful impact. They were not injured but very shaken up, Treble said.

Gysbers said he ran inside to call 911. While his wife was still on the phone, he returned to check on the driver. He was gone.

The hole in the basement suite is covered by a blue tarp and the driveway is littered with evidence of the crash, including the shattered fence and Gysbers silver two-door car which was clipped while it was parked in the driveway.

Gysbers said his tenant and her boyfriend were in shock and went to the boyfriend’s house around 3 am.

The man is facing criminal charges for drunk driving and failing to remain at the scene.

No charges have yet been laid, said Saanich Staff Sgt. Mark Muth at 8 a.m.

“The investigation is still a work in progress,” Muth said.

The investigator was now returning to the police station from the hospital at 8:15 a.m.

The driver is likely to be released on promise to appear, Muth said.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

-with file from Cindy E. Harnett.

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