Sidney/North Saanich RCMP caught a drunk driver doing more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit while conducting proactive speed enforcement on the Pat Bay Highway (HWY 17) last month.
On February 11th just before 9 p.m. a white sedan was seen by police officers going well over the speed limit—which they confirmed the driver was travelling at over 140 km/h.
An RCMP officer turned their police cruiser’s lights and sirens on and pursued the speeding vehicle on the Pat Bay Highway. Once they caught up with the vehicle the officer conducted a traffic stop.
According to police, the driver showed signs of alcohol impairment.
“This driver was not only driving well above the speed limit, but they were impaired as well,” said Sidney/ North Saanich RCMP Detachment Commander Wayne Conley.
“It was also determined that they did not hold a valid licence, as it was revoked previously for driving while impaired.”
The woman behind the wheel was issued a 90-day immediate driving prohibition and was released with a court date related to her impaired driving.
Her vehicle has also been impounded and she is facing fines for excessive speeds and driving without a valid license.
Police say criminal charges are being recommended.
“The reckless act, combining speed and alcohol while driving put the public at significant risk and could have resulted in a tragedy, fortunately the driver was apprehended before anyone was hurt,” Conley added.