RCMP arrest man on tarmac after breaching airport perimeter at YYJ

RCMP arrest man on tarmac after breaching airport perimeter at YYJ
A view of the entrance to Victoria International Airport (YYJ).

The Sidney RCMP has arrested a man on the tarmac at Victoria International Airport (YYJ) after he breached the perimeter fencing.

According to police, the arrest took place on August 7, after officers responded to a 911 report of a man who had driven his vehicle through the perimeter fencing and into a restricted area of the YYJ airport.

When police arrived on the scene, they were able to locate the man quickly and safely arrest him after he was followed by airport firefighters across the tarmac “for some distance.”

“This incident was especially dangerous for both the man and anyone operating or travelling by aircraft. The area is restricted to allow airplanes to land and take off safely and is carefully coordinated by air traffic controllers. I am grateful that this incident was resolved quickly and safely and no harm came to any member of the public.” said Corporal Andres Sanchez, Media Relations Officer with the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.

Officers with Sidney RCMP say the man was transported to hospital following his arrest over concerns that the man’s actions may be the result of a medical issue.

Police believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further danger to the public but are continuing to investigate this matter.

Charges will be considered for this incident after further details are uncovered, RCMP adds.

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