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Despite efforts at hiding, man gets 12th driving ban

Jul 12 2012

Beefed-up impaired-driving road checks for July only began last weekend, but police have already nabbed a prolific offender with 11 previous prohibitions for impaired driving.

The arrest proves the value of police road checks around the region, said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

Jantzen said the driver was a 29-year-old Langford man whose record of offences dates back to July 2007. He was picked up Saturday night in a white 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier after he tried to avoid a Saanich police road check on Quadra Street, near Inverness Road, by making an abrupt turn.

An officer drove after him and found him stopped in a nearby underground parking lot.

The driver, whose licence had long been cancelled, failed a pair of breathalyzer tests and was given an immediate 90-day driving prohibition - his 12th.

"Charges at this point in time include Criminal Code prohibited driving [and] prohibited driving under the Motor Vehicle Act," Jantzen said. "As well, he faces a a breach charge for an outstanding order not to consume alcohol."

The man had also failed to attend a rehabilitation program as ordered.

Despite the arrest, Jantzen noted that Saanich officers found fewer impaired drivers over the weekend than have been seen in many other jurisdictions of late.

The weekend tally included two 24-hour suspensions for drug use and a three-day roadside prohibition for alcohol use.

"All in all, it was a fairly quiet weekend, but I think that one contact really justifies why we're out there," Jantzen said.

"These are the people that we're really looking for. It's not individuals who have a glass of wine with dinner."

Jantzen said officers are running dedicated road checks throughout the month.

jwbell@timescolonist.com

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