An alleged drunk driver has some explaining to do after they were found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked on someone else’s front lawn in Colwood.
On Tuesday at around 11:45 a.m., West Shore RCMP received multiple reports of a man passed out in the driver’s seat of a 2018 white BMW 330i that was in front of a residence in the 800-block of Sunridge Valley Drive.
According to West Shore RCMP, the driver showed signs of alcohol intoxication and, upon arrest for impaired driving, was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine.
He was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and police are investigating him for possession of a controlled substance.
Police said the vehicle was impounded for 30 days and which did not appear to be related to the residence.
The investigation into the drug possession is ongoing.
“With the holiday season upon us, you will see our officers patrolling and setting up check stops looking for impaired drivers,” said Insp. Stephen Rose, operations officer of West Shore RCMP, in the release.
Later that day, at around 2:10 p.m., West Shore RCMP were dealing with another reckless driver who was caught accelerating at a high rate of speed
According to police, an 18-year-old male driver in a Toyota Highlander SUV speed past an officer on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway near Sooke Road.
The officer said the driver was travelling an estimated 120 km/h. He was fined for excessive speeding, resulting in a $483 ticket and three demerit points on his licence.
His vehicle was also impounded for seven days.
“This is just a snapshot of the busy day officers had,” said Rose.
“Traffic enforcement is a priority for us here at the West Shore. Safer roads lead to safer communities,” said Rose.
This comment comes after West Shore RCMP dealt with three single-vehicle collisions Tuesday morning, all within the span of half an hour between 8:30 and 9 a.m., due to the slippery road conditions caused by the snowfall.
All drivers reported losing control of their vehicles and required tow trucks as the damage to their vehicles rendered them inoperable.
Police said the drivers were lucky they did not sustain any injuries.