Man charged with impairment after rolling Camaro near Langford Tuesday night

Man charged with impairment after rolling Camaro near Langford Tuesday night
Photo: West Shore RCMP
A blue 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is seen badly damaged after a rollover crash in Langford Tuesday night.

Police say a Sooke man is lucky to be alive after rolling his 2018 Chevrolet Camaro near Langford Tuesday night.

Shortly after 9 p.m., the West Shore RCMP arrived at a single-vehicle accident near the 2100-block of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The driver lost control on the on-ramp from Helmcken Avenue, causing the car to roll over several times before finally stopping in the northbound lanes, according to Mounties.

Fortunately, the driver and their passenger were able to pull themselves out of the wreck.

Neither one had serious injuries, and no one else was involved, police say.

However, they say the driver was showing signs of intoxication when they arrived. The 24-year-old from Sooke failed the roadside sobriety test and was issued a 90 Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition. What was left of his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

One photo from police highlights the severity of the damage, showing the car with its airbags deployed, a tire ready to fall off, and a shock poking up through the wheel well.

Police tell CHEK News the driver had previous contact with officers involving the Motor Vehicle Act but was never charged with impairment.

Impaired driving is the leading cause of collision-related fatalities in B.C. In this instance, the driver wrecked a very nice car for no reason and is incredibly lucky that he did not kill or seriously injure himself, his passenger, or anyone else, added Cst. Andrew Matheson, media relations officer with West Shore RCMP.

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