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Drunk Victoria driver found to be four times legal limit

Apr 17 2012

A drunk man who crashed his Hyundai into a hydro pole early Monday morning was found to be four times the legal limit, Victoria police said.

The 33-year-old Victoria man crashed the car into a pole around 2 a.m. on Quadra Street near Rockland Avenue. Both airbags deployed and the front end was badly smashed, said police spokesman Mike Tucker.

The passenger, a woman in her 20s, was treated by paramedics on scene and released.

The driver was so intoxicated he had to be helped out of the car. Police found an open beer in the front cup holder and the man admitted he’d been drinking heavily, Tucker said.

After being arrested and taken back to police headquarters, a breath test showed the man had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit.

The man is facing criminal charges of impaired driving and is set to appear in court May 28. He was also given a $230 ticket for having open liquor in the car.

Victoria police also nabbed four impaired drivers early Saturday morning during a roadblock at Cook Street and Hillside Avenue.

A 43-year-old Saanich man was driving while double the legal limit and a 29-year-old Victoria man was stopped from getting into his car because he was drunkenly punching and kicking other cars. A 37-year-old prohibited driver from Nanaimo was stopped and given a 90-day driving prohibition for refusing to provide a breath sample.

A 25-year-old Saanich man was given a 24-hour driving ban for driving while impaired by drugs.