A Victoria police officer is recovering from non life-threatening injuries after an alleged impaired driver struck a police van early Tuesday morning.
Victoria police, along with BC Emergency Health Services and Victoria firefighters, were called to Cook Street and Dallas Road just before 3 a.m. for a crash involving a police van and a car.
The patrol officer driving the van and the passenger and driver in the other vehicle had non-life threatening injuries. The patrol officer was taken to hospital while the other two people were treated at the scene.
Police said the early stages of the investigation indicated the driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign of the intersection and hit the patrol van. Officers at the scene requested a breath sample after the driver reportedly showed signs of consuming alcohol, police said.
The driver allegedly blew well over the limit. The investigation into the crash is continuing.
“This collision underscores the risks our officers take by simply doing their jobs,” Victoria Police Chief Del Manak said in a release.
“Earlier in the evening, this patrol shift responded to a motor vehicle collision between a motorcycle and a car that unfortunately claimed the motorcyclist’s life. A few hours later these same officers saw one of their own injured in a collision that involved an impaired driver, on the very same road. This underscores the types of harm, both physical and psychological, that our officers are exposed to on a daily basis.”