A 22-year-old Victoria resident is facing impaired driving charges after he drove into a parked ambulance Sunday night, according to police.
Just after 10 p.m., Oak Bay Police responded to reports of a vehicle that had struck an ambulance on the 3600-block of Cadboro Bay Road.
“They had driven into the parked ambulance, the ambulance had its lights on, no one was in the ambulance at the time, they were attending to another call in the neighborhood,” says Mark Fisher, Deputy Chief of Oak Bay Police Department.
Police say the driver was grossly impaired and blew four times the legal limit.
The driver was taken to hospital for medical treatment. His injuries are not considered serious.
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He is expected to appear in court on Nov. 29, 2021.
Oak Bay Police say they have investigated more than double the amount of impaired drivers this year compared to last, and they aren’t the only department that’s been busy.
Saanich Police say in July alone their officers have already investigated 31 impaired drivers.
“That number is consistent with the amount of impaired drivers we deal with over the summer months, which tend to be higher than any other season in a year,” says Markus Anastasiades with Saanich Police. He added the times these calls come in aren’t always in the late hours, but 24/7.
Police encourage the public to always call and report a driver, if they think they may be impaired.