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Impaired driver causes spectacular crash on Pat Bay Hwy

Apr 20 2012

A drunk driver caused a spectacular crash on the Pat Bay Highway Wednesday night, narrowly missing a car and taking out a light standard.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. as the driver of a white Chevy Blazer was speeding northbound on the highway. At the Sayward intersection, he tried to quickly change lanes to the left-hand turning lane but realized there was a car waiting to turn, said Saanich police Staff Sgt. Scott Treble.

The driver swerved to the left to avoid the car, jumped the median and severed the traffic light standard, coming to rest straddling the north and southbound lanes.

No one was injured. Witnesses called police and officers suspected the driver was impaired, Treble said.

Back at the police station, a breathalyzer test showed the 18-year-old North Saanich man had twice the legal limit of alcohol. He is facing criminal charges of impaired driving.

The smashed Chevy Blazer had to be towed from the scene.

Saanich police also charged two people under the Motor Vehicle Act after a two-car crash shut down the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Feltham Road for hours during the evening commute.

An 80-year-old driver heading north on Shelbourne made a left turn at Feltham, into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, Treble said. The vehicles collided, and the 26-year-old motorcycle driver from Central Saanich was taken to hospital with cuts to his legs and a dislocated shoulder.

The motorcyclist had just bought the bike that day. He did not have an adult supervising his driving, as is required under his learner’s licence.

The 80-year-old received a ticket for failing to yield on a left turn and the motorcyclist received a ticket for driving contrary to licence restrictions.

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