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Man arrested twice, first after Jaguar crashes into Saanich suite and later in Dodge Caravan

Feb 03 2012
Holly Knopf, 29, who lives in a basement at 3901 Carey Road woke up at 2 a.m. Thursday to her bed being pushed several feet, after a car crashed into a storage room and cracked the wall to the suite. (Feb. 2012)  

Holly Knopf, 29, who lives in a basement at 3901 Carey Road woke up at 2 a.m. Thursday to her bed being pushed several feet, after a car crashed into a storage room and cracked the wall to the suite. (Feb. 2012)

Photograph by: Lyle Stafford, timescolonist.com

A man arrested for crashing his friend's Jaguar into a basement suite on Carey Road early Thursday, allegedly while driving impaired, was re-arrested seven hours later for driving with a beer in his hand.

Saanich police were called around 10 a.m. and told about a man getting into a Dodge Caravan in the Broadmead area, then driving away while drinking a beer, police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said.

The 51-year-old Saanich man was arrested as the car merged onto the Pat Bay highway. Police had already arrested the man, who fled the scene after he crashed the Jaguar into a home at 3901 Carey Rd. at 2 a.m.

A couple in their 20s,who live at the house, said they were amazed that they were not killed when the out-of-control sports car plowed into their basement suite.

Holly Knopf, 29, and her boyfriend, Cody Miller, 25, who live in the lower level of the house, were woken up to find their bed had been pushed several feet, after the car crashed into a storage room and smashed the wall to the suite.

"We woke up screaming because we thought the house was falling down or an earthquake," Knopf said. "If that storage room wasn't there, we would not have survived. It was just the most intense impact."

Police said the 2004 Jaguar had been speeding north along Tillicum Road when it flew through the

T-intersection at Carey Road, clipping a fence and

a car parked in the driveway before careening into the front corner of the house.

"I'm just so amazed no one was killed," said homeowner Luke Gysbers, who was woken up when the house shook violently.

His wife looked out the front window and saw the 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 OK, and he was moaning and groaning," said Gysbers.

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, but the driver had run off. He was arrested by police a few blocks away.

The 51-year-old man was taken to Victoria General Hospital and released on a promise to appear in court, facing criminal drunk driving charges and failing to remain at the scene.

Police do not typically hold drunk drivers in custody, Jantzen said.

The man took a cab to a friend's home in Broadmead, where he borrowed the Caravan, despite already having smashed the woman's Jaguar.

Police have yet to speak to the woman.

The driver faces further charges under the Motor Vehicle Act for the second incident, including a

24-hour administrative driving suspension, a seven-day car impound, a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and driving without a licence.

The man was also arrested for driving while prohibited because of the earlier incident.

He was being held in police custody until he sobered up.

The man has a "driving-related history,"

Jantzen said.

Gysbers said it was appalling that the driver was allegedly drinking and driving just seven hours after what could have been a deadly crash.

"That's going way too far," he said, adding that the man should never be allowed to drive again.

"It obviously shows how irresponsible the driver is. It shows a complete disregard for the people he put at risk."

The Motor Vehicle branch will review the man's licence.

kderosa@timescolonist.com

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