Impaired driver saved by chain-link fence along Gorge Waterway (Jacob Wilkins)

An impaired driver in Saanich has a chain-link fence to thank for stopping their vehicle from plummeting into the Gorge Waterway Monday night.

On May 18, at around 6:50 p.m., Saanich Police responded to reports that a vehicle had crashed into the pathway fencing on the Gorge Waterway.

Photos from the scene show the front end of the vehicle hovering slightly over the edge of the wall that led down into the water.

A fence post appears to have stopped the car form travelling any further.

Emergency crews are currently on scene of a MVI along the Gorge Waterway. A photo shows a vehicle nearly in the water….

Posted by Victoria Buzz on Monday, May 18, 2020

 

Several witnesses told police that the vehicle left the roadway, drove across the grass and then crashed into the fence, Cst. Markus Anastasiades of Saanich Police tells Victoria Buzz.

Witnesses also helped police locate the driver nearby, who showed signs of impairment.

The resulting investigation led to a 90-day driving prohibition for that driver and a 30-day vehicle impoundment, according to police.

“The Gorge Waterway is a very popular walking path and it is fortunate that nobody was struck by the car,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades.

“Saanich Police would like to thank all of the witness who remained on scene and provided information to help in this investigation.”