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Saanich police arrest man after wild Sunday driving spree

Dec 05 2011

Police arrested the driver of a vehicle who had been driving wildly before crashing through a backyard fence and shed in Saanich Sunday afternoon.

The incident began when the West Shore RCMP received reports of erratic driving, reports said. The detachment contacted Saanich police, who also received several 911 calls about 2:30 p.m. from passersby concerning someone driving dangerously near the intersection of Wilkinson and Interurban roads.

According to a release issued late Sunday by Saanich Const. Aaron Murray, the driver of a Silver Nissan Maxima “was observed driving into oncoming traffic and doing doughnuts prior to trying to deliberately strike a Saanich police vehicle.”

Saanich police traffic and patrol units made several attempts to stop the vehicle before it crashed into a yard in the 600 block of Willowbrook Place. The police canine unit was used to apprehend the suspect.

“The vehicle caused several thousand dollars’ worth of damage to various properties in the area before the accident,” Murray wrote.

As of Sunday evening, the unnamed suspect was receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered in the crash. No one else was hurt.

Saanich police are pursuing several charges against the man, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the department at 250-475-4321.