Impaired driver faces multiple charges after being caught driving 152 km/h on the Malahat

Impaired driver faces multiple charges after being caught driving 152 km/h on the Malahat

A 19-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including impaired driving, after police caught him travelling 152 kilometres per hour on the Malahat.

On June 2, BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 1 near Wellswood Rd. when dispatch asked them to look out for a grey Honda Civic being driven dangerously.

According to officers, multiple calls were reporting a possible impaired driver who was passing other vehicles on the highway shoulder, disobeying red lights and speeding excessively.

Not long after BCHP saw the Civic speeding towards them, travelling 152 km/h in the posted 80 km/h zone.

Officers were able to stop the vehicle safely and nearby motorists also stopped on their own accord to provide witness evidence.

The driver was identified as a 19-year-old man from Nanaimo, with no valid driver’s licence.

A roadside investigation determined he was impaired by alcohol.

The man was immediately prohibited from driving for 90 days under the BC Motor Vehicle Act and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

He was also issued multiple violation tickets and a High-Risk Driving Report is being submitted to RoadSafetyBC for consideration of additional penalties.

“With the July summer impaired driving campaign just around the corner, our officers are ready and willing to get an early start in removing dangerous drivers such as this from our roadways.” Staff Sergeant Adam Tallboy, Acting OIC of BCHP Vancouver Island said in a release. “We greatly appreciate those individuals who called 911 to report this driver, those who stopped to provide evidence, and our 911 dispatchers.”

He said the work both officers and the public were able to do in unison brought this incident to a quick conclusion.

“It’s an example of how we’re making our highways safer together,” Tallboy added.

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