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Oak Bay police arrested a suspected impaired driver last week, who swam into the ocean at Willows Beach.

On Tuesday, April 20th, at approximately 9 pm, officers were advised of a suspected impaired driver in the area of Beach Drive and King George Terrace.

Officers located the vehicle near Haynes Park and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

The driver failed to stop and continued north on Beach Drive, and eventually parked and walked to Willows Beach.

Upon locating the suspect, officers advised him that he was under arrest for suspicion of impaired driving.

According to the report, the man became confrontational and began yelling at officers that he had nothing to live for and asked to be shot by police.

The suspect then ran into the ocean and swam around 50 meters offshore.

After approximately half an hour of speaking to the suspect, he came onto shore and officers apprehended the man.

Officers served him a driving prohibition, a violation ticket for driving without consideration.

The suspect was then taken to hospital for evaluation.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the B.C. Crisis Centre Distress Line number at 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.

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