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One criminal mastermind in Saanich had his plans busted by police officer on Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 2 p.m., a Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit officer noticed a vehicle with a thick plastic covering on their rear license plate, making it impossible to read. The officer found this suspicious and wondered if the driver was trying to hide if their vehicle was insured, so he pulled over the vehicle, a grey Audi A4, on the 3800 block of Quadra street.

The lack of insurance was just the tip of the iceberg, the officer discovered, as he approached the luxury sedan.

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The 33-year-old Victoria man driving the car was breaking a number of laws. First and foremost, he was already a prohibited driver, secondly the vehicle was not insured, and lastly the license plates on the vehicle were simply laminated pieces of paper.

The man was then arrested for prohibited driving and for altering a license plate, his vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days, and he was issued a $707 violation ticket for having a plastic cover on his plates and for having no insurance.

“Although the results of this vehicle stop were surprising, this is a great example of the work our Traffic Safety Unit does on a daily basis to help keep our roads safe and to hold drivers accountable for their actions,” said Sgt. Julie Fast, Saanich Police, in a release.