An alleged drunk driver who was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked on someone else’s front lawn in Colwood is now temporarily without a driver’s license, RCMP say.
On Tuesday at around 11:45 a.m., Mounties received multiple reports of a male passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2018 white BMW 330i that was in front of a residence in the 800-block of Sunridge Valley Drive.
The driver allegedly showed signs of alcohol intoxication and, upon arrest for impaired driving, was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine, according to West Shore RCMP in a release.
He was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and police are investigating him for possession of a controlled substance, RCMP say. The vehicle, which did not appear to be related to the residence, was impounded for 30 days.
“With the holiday season upon us, you will see our officers patrolling and setting up check stops looking for impaired drivers,” said Insp. Stephen Rose, operations officer of West Shore RCMP, in the release.
‘Accelerated’ speeding ends in a $483 fine
Later that day, at around 2:10 p.m., a police officer was making a left turn from Sooke Road onto Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in Colwood when a driver making the same turn “accelerated at a high rate of speed once on VMP,” RCMP said.
The officer pulled over the driver, who was charged with excessive speeding — a $483 fine plus three demerit points, states ICBC. The vehicle, a 2022 white Toyota Highlander, was also impounded for seven days.
“This is just a snapshot of the busy day officers had. Traffic enforcement is a priority for us here at the West Shore. Safer roads lead to safer communities,” Rose said.
His comments followed a trio of single-vehicle collisions Tuesday morning, all within the span of half an hour between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and all caused by slippery road conditions, police recall.
“All drivers reported losing control of their vehicles and required tow trucks as the damage to their vehicles rendered them inoperable. The drivers were lucky, however, and did not sustain any injuries,” RCMP added in the release.