Prohibited driver busted for impaired driving, hit-and-run: West Shore RCMP

Nicholas Pescod
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RCMP in the West Shore say a suspected drunk driver, whose licence was already suspended, was arrested on Sunday afternoon and is believed to be tied to another hit-and-run.

Mounties say they were called to a parking lot in the 3300-block of Metchosin Road in Colwood on Monday afternoon for a report of a man who appeared to be intoxicated trying to start a motorcycle.

Officers arrived around 12:15 p.m., only to have the man try to flee from police.

Mounties were able to stop the man and arrested him for signs of alcohol impairment.

While the man was in custody, police noticed that his motorcycle matched the description of a motorcycle that was involved in a hit-and-run earlier that day.

Police had received a report that a motorcycle side-swiped a Mazda CX-5 near the 4900-block of Sooke Road in Metchosin while the motorcycle was driving illegally on the shoulder of the road.

A witness was able to record the licence plate of the motorcycle, which matched the suspected impaired driver’s bike.

“The suspect was also prohibited from driving at the time of his arrest and was bound by conditions to not be in the driver’s seat of any motor vehicle,” said West Shore RCMP in a release Wednesday.

Police say the man, 33, was held in custody until his court appearance Tuesday. He faces a range of charges, including four counts of driving while prohibited, refusal to provide a breath sample, willfully resisting or obstructing a police officer, and breach of a release order.

He’s since been released from custody until his next court date. None of the charges against him have been proven in court.

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