A man who drove a vehicle through a perimeter fence and onto the tarmac at Victoria International Airport has been arrested.
The incident happened over the weekend, on August 7. Police were called for a report of a man driving onto a restricted area at the airport.
Officers from the Sidney RCMP detachment responded and quickly located the man. Airport firefighters had been pursuing him for some distance. He was arrested safely by police.
“This incident was especially dangerous for both the man and anyone operating or travelling by aircraft,” said Corporal Andres Sanchez, Media Relations Officer with the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.
“The area is restricted to allow airplanes to land and takeoff safely and is carefully coordinated by air traffic controllers. I am grateful that this incident was resolved quickly and safely and no harm came to any member of the public.”
Following his arrest, the man was taken to hospital out of concern that his actions stemmed from a medical issue. Police believe this was an isolated incident, but are continuing to investigate.
Depending on what information is uncovered by their investigation, the RCMP say charges may be considered.