Impaired driver hits curb, loses tire before van catches fire: Saanich PD

Impaired driver hits curb, loses tire before van catches fire: Saanich PD
Saanich PD

There has been yet another vehicle incident this month involving a motorist losing a tire while driving in the Greater Victoria Area.

On Wednesday, police say an impaired driver who was driving erratically slammed into a curb near Cook and Quadra Street around 8:15 p.m.

The driver of the vehicle continued motoring until Douglas Street and Saanich Road, where the van came to a stop when its tire fell off and subsequently burst into flames.

Authorities arrived on scene, and the driver was initially taken to hospital before being put into Saanich Police custody, where they were given a Drug Recognition Evaluation test.

Police say the driver is facing criminal charges for refusing to comply with a demand, while also receiving a 90-day driving prohibition.

They are scheduled to appear in court in August.

“Over the past week we have investigated several impaired drivers, the circumstances of which were all preventable,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “While no persons were seriously injured in any of these recent incidents, impaired driving still remains the single most important factor contributing to serious road crashes and one of our top traffic enforcement priorities at the Saanich Police Department. We would like to thank everyone that continues to call 9-1-1 to report possible impaired drivers, as your effort helps us work collectively towards safer roads in BC.”

This is the third instance of a vehicle losing its tire this month.

On Monday, another impaired driver lost a tire and started a grass fire when the sparks from their rotor landed on a patch of dry grass.

READ MORE: Impaired drivers injure officer, crash truck, spark grass fire: Saanich Police

On June 8, a driver flew off an overpass near Burnside when their tire decoupled from their car while heading along the Trans-Canada.

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