Drunk Driver West Shore
(West Shore RCMP)

A teenager was arrested Monday night for impaired driving after he side-swiped another vehicle and crashed his car off-road in Langford.

West Shore RCMP received a report of an impaired driver at approximately 6:20 p.m. on October 5th from a witness who said they were side-swiped by an erratic driver.

The witness said they had been hit by a 2009 Mercedes GL320 while travelling on Finlayson Arm Road near Falcon Heights Road in Langford.

The suspect driver got out of the Mercedes and spoke to the witness, asking them not to call the police before getting back into their car and driving away.

The witness also told police that the suspect appeared intoxicated by alcohol.

Officers eventually caught up to the suspect after he had driven the Mercedes off-road and into some bushes on Round Tree Road.

RCMP say they arrived as the suspect was trying to flee the scene by leaving in another vehicle that had stopped to pick him up.

The 18-year-old suspect, a resident of the South Island, was arrested for impaired driving and was issued an administrative driving prohibition.

His vehicle was towed and impounded.

RCMP say the investigation is ongoing and charges of impaired driving are expected.

“We want to thank several witnesses including the victim for calling police right away,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar, West Shore RCMP Media Relations Officer.

“Their actions along with the quick response by frontline officers meant the suspect could not get away.”