Spike Belt
(Shanepreet Gill)

A dangerous driver caught on dashcam was stopped by a spike belt deployed by RCMP just south of Duncan on Highway 1 Thursday afternoon.

RCMP received multiple 911 calls around 4 p.m. as the driver made their way north along the highway, passing through several jurisdictions.

One of the callers was Shanepreet Gill, who captured the driver on his dashcam.

In a clip Gill sent to Victoria Buzz from his dashcam, a light green Range Rover passes him on the shoulder at high speed while traffic is just beginning to travel northbound after a red light.

Then, in a second clip from a few minutes later, the vehicle passes at high speed again as Gill approaches Fisher Rd on Highway 1.

“It was the second time that he almost hit my rearview,” Gill said in a phone call with Victoria Buzz. “I was a bit frightened. It was maybe a few millimetres away.”

Cst. Pam Bolton with the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP says that officers attempted a traffic stop with the Range Rover, but it took off.

Officers did not pursue due to concerns of public safety.

Gill says the traffic stop is what put the vehicle behind him again before it passed once more.

“He must have been going upwards of 150 km/h,” he says.

RCMP then deployed a spike belt just south of Bench Rd in the northbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway, which caused the vehicle’s tires to deflate and eventually come to a stop.

The driver was arrested a short distance from his vehicle.

Officers closed the highway for just under an hour while they investigated on scene and cleared debris.

The suspect is a Victoria man and remains in custody. The RCMP say he will likely face numerous charges but are still investigating.

Police are asking the public to report to police in their jurisdiction if they witnessed or were involved in incidents involving an older model light green Land Rover/Range Rover.

The vehicle was potentially involved in incidents anywhere between the city of Victoria and the south end of Duncan along the Trans-Canada Highway Thursday afternoon.

Non-emergency numbers for local police are:

  • Victoria Police Department 250-995-7654
  • Westshore RCMP 250-474-2264
  • Shawnigan Lake RCMP 250-743-5514
  • North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP 250-748-5522