Driver arrested again following dangerous driving in Victoria, after previous Saanich incident

Driver arrested again following dangerous driving in Victoria, after previous Saanich incident
A man was arrested by Victoria Police following alleged dangerous driving and road rage incidents.,

A driver that was arrested earlier this month has once again been arrested after police received reports of dangerous driving and road rage in Victoria.

Around 3:45 p.m. on Friday, Victoria Police responded to reports that a man driving a rental vehicle was driving erratically and was possibly impaired. At the same time people were reporting a road rage incident and dangerous driving in the Hillside Quadra area with matching vehicle descriptions.

When police arrived, they found the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and officers did not pursue in order to reduce risk to the public.

Officers were later able to box him in at Hillside Avenue and Doncaster Drive, and the man exited the vehicle and approached the officers. He attempted to fight with the officers.

An officer used a Taser on the man, and was able to take him into custody without further incident.

He was taken to hospital for medical evaluation, which VicPD says is standard when a Taser is used.

Officers also learned the man had previously been involved in an incident in Saanich near UVic.

On Sept. 1, also around 3:45 p.m. Saanich Police responded to a Tesla being driven dangerously in the area of Cedar Hill Cross Road at Shelbourne Street, heading eastbound towards the University of Victoria. Police attempted to stop the vehicle.

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The driver then reportedly drove into oncoming traffic, so police continued to pursue due to the threat to public safety. Saanich Police also called for additional assistance and officers from Oak Bay Police responded.

The Tesla crashed into two Saanich Police vehicles and crashed head-on into an Oak Bay Police vehicle near Campus Crescent, on the west side of the university.

The Oak Bay Police officer and Saanich Police officers suffered minor injuries, and the air bags in the police cruiser deployed.

The Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team engaged with the driver of the Tesla and he refused to comply with directions of police officers. Officers in this incident used a bean bag gun to subdue the man.

After the Victoria incident, Saanich Police officers attended and served a 14-month driving prohibition issued by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Saanich Police and Victoria Police continue to investigate both incidents.

In the Victoria incident, the vehicle is described as a white, late model, Hyundai Kona. VicPD ask anyone who witnessed the dangerous driving, or has video to call the VicPD Report Desk at (250) 995-7654 extension 1.

With files from CHEK’s Joe Perkins

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