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Two impaired drivers cause separate crashes overnight

Apr 22 2012

Two drunk drivers are lucky they didn’t suffer more serious injuries after separate accidents overnight Friday, say Saanich Police.

Both men face several charges of impaired driving.

The first accident occurred late Friday night when the 67-year old West Shore man behind the wheel of a a Toyota Corolla, heading south on the TransCanada Highway, slammed into the back of a large Canadian Forces truck that was parked on the shoulder with a flat tire.

Two Canadian Forces military personnel standing nearby avoided injury in the crash that took place just after 11 p.m. The driver’s blood alcohol level was two times over the legal limit of .08. He hit the truck despite the soldier’s best efforts to make their vehicle visible. They had placed several brightly-coloured hazard markers on the roadway in addition to putting on the truck’s hazard lights.

Hours later at 1:30 a.m. a 19-year-old Saanich man crashed just north of Mount Doug Park.

A neighbour heard the noise of the crash and called police. The driver fled on foot by the time police arrived, but the officers arrested him in the 4600 block of Cordova Bay Road.

The man received a 24-hour driving prohibition and faces three charges under the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to remain at the scene, driving without due care and attention, and driving contrary to restrictions.

Police say it was fortunate that no one suffered serious injuries in relation to these two crashes.

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