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Saanich police catch unusually high number of drunk drivers

Dec 24 2011

Saanich police nabbed five drunk drivers in three-and-a-half hours between late Friday night and Saturday morning.

Two of the drivers were involved in a couple collisions, but no one had any serious injuries.

Police have ramped up their efforts to find drunk drivers as part of the seasonal Counter Attack program. Finding so many people in such a short period of time is still enough to make police take notice.

“Five within a few hours is abnormal for any time of the year,” said Sgt. Scott Treble.

Police pulled over a 20-year-old Brentwood Bay man on the Pat Bay Highway around 11 p.m. on Friday after several southbound motorists reported a dangerous driver. He blew breath samples nearly twice the legal limit, according to police.

At 1 a.m. on Saturday a 17-year-old Saanich woman was speeding when her Renault Alli convertible went off road and collided with a tree. She and three of the four passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police anticipate charges of impaired driving causing injury. The investigation is ongoing.

Two other drivers were impaired when police pulled them over at 1:45 a.m. on Harriet Road. The first was a 19-year-old View Royal woman whose breath samples showed she was 1.5 times over the legal limit. The second was a 19-year-old Saanich woman. She was twice the legal limit, according to breath samples.

A 27-year-old Saanich man was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Church Avenue at Cedar Hill Road. There were no injuries and the driver faces criminal charges. He blew twice the legal limit.