‘Reckless act’: Unlicensed, speeding driver was drunk, Sidney police say

'Reckless act': Unlicensed, speeding driver was drunk, Sidney police say
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A Greater Victoria driver has a date in court after they were caught by police speeding while unlicensed and drunk.

On Feb. 11, around 9 p.m., a Sidney/North Saanich RCMP officer conducting speed enforcement on the Pat Bay Highway spotted a white sedan travelling “well in excess of the posted speed limited of 90 km/h,” according to Mounties.

Police say a “quick check” confirmed the vehicle was travelling more than 50 km/h over the limit, prompting the officer to pull the driver over. After interacting with the driver, the officer determined they were, in fact, impaired by alcohol.

RCMP Cmdr. Wayne Conley calls it a “reckless act” that put the public at significant risk and could have ended in tragedy. He says it’s fortunate no one got hurt.

“This driver was not only driving well above the speed limit, but they were impaired as well. It was also determined that they did not hold a valid license, as it was revoked previously for driving while impaired,” added Conley in a news release. 

The driver was a woman from Victoria, police say.

She was issued a 90-day driving prohibition under the Motor Vehicle Act, and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days. She was also handed violation tickets for driving without a license and for excessive speed — the latter being $368, plus three penalty points tacked onto her driving record.

The woman was released from police custody with a court date related to impaired driving, and RCMP says criminal charges are anticipated.

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