Victoria city council candidate wanted on province-wide warrant following Canada Day incident

Victoria city council candidate wanted on province-wide warrant following Canada Day incident
VicPD say Riga Godron, 44, is wanted on a province-wide warrant with several sworn charges against her. Police ask anyone who sees Godron to call 911.

One of the candidates vying for a spot on Victoria city council is wanted on a province-wide warrant following a Canada Day incident and anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

Riga Godron, 44, is alleged to have been driving a vehicle that VicPD officers had to “leap out of the way of” to avoid being run over.

On July 1 at around 4 p.m., bike officers patrolling in the 300-block of Dallas Road were flagged down by a driver who informed them that an improperly parked vehicle was blocking traffic.

Unable to find the vehicle’s driver, officers called a tow truck after learning it had been parked there for two hours, according to VicPD.

That’s when the vehicle’s owner reportedly approached the scene and asked officers if they could stop traffic so they could leave.

When officers told the person they were being detained for an investigation and were not free to leave, the driver got into the vehicle, started it, put it into gear and “rapidly reversed out of the parking stall towards officers,” VicPD said.

“The (driver) fled the scene and was boxed in by responding officers in the 600-block of Pandora Avenue, a short distance from where Canada Day celebrations were occurring,” according to police in a news release.

The driver was pulled from the vehicle, arrested, and later released.

In the release, VicPD say Godron now faces sworn charges of obstructing a police officer, flight from police and driving without due care and attention.

However, the charges have not been proven in court.

Police describe Godron as a Caucasian woman standing at 5’0″ with a medium build and weighing approximately 161 pounds. She has black hair and green eyes.

VicPD urge those who see Godron not to approach her and call 911. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts to asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.


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