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Several witnesses assisted Saanich Police last night after they witnessed a driver speeding, crash, and then attempt to leave the scene.

Shortly before 10:20 p.m. last night a motorist driving near Mayfair Mall in Victoria saw a white Toyota sedan pass them at a high rate of speed. As they continued and approached the Saanich Fire/Police Department, they saw the same vehicle again, but now it was sideways across the highway, had sustained damage, and all of the airbags had been deployed.

The vehicle in question then started to drive away, however additional witnesses called police and continued to follow the vehicle until it stopped a short distance away on the off-ramp at McKenzie Ave.

Saanich Police officers arrived on scene and located the driver who cooperated with investigators. While the exact series of events leading up to the collision are still being investigated, police believe alcohol was a factor in this single-vehicle incident.

“We would like to thank the actions of all the witnesses involved, “said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “They clearly believed the driver’s actions posed a serious risk to the public, and they took the appropriate steps by calling the police and then remained on scene to speak to investigators.”

File 19-31316

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

The Saanich Police have arrested a 44 year-old Saanich man for drug trafficking, which later resulted in a search warrant on a home last week.

On Thursday December 12, 2019 officers of the Saanich Police Street Crime Unit gathered enough information to confirm this man was believed to be trafficking drugs, and formed a plan to arrest him that day. With the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Unit and the Victoria Police a traffic stop was made in the 600 block of Esquimalt Road in Esquimalt. Police located drugs, cash and multiple cell phones. The drugs were individually packaged and ready for sale on the street.  

A search warrant was then executed on a home in the 4000 block of Cavallin Court in Saanich. Large quantities of drugs were seized, as well as weapons, cash and stolen property.

In total, over 3 kilograms of drugs with a street value estimated at $350,000, over $40,000 in cash, and approximately $25,000 in stolen property were located and seized by police. The drugs are believed to be cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crystal methamphetamine. The weapons included batons and two replica firearms. A 2019 Jeep Cherokee was seized and will be recommended for forfeiture.

“These are large quantities of drugs that were destined for the streets of Greater Victoria.” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “As we know, these types of drugs have been responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths in the region, and we can only hope that this significant drug seizure will help save some lives.”

Jason Van Winkle appeared in Victoria Provincial Court on Friday, where he was charged with three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and also for Failing to Comply with Conditions of a Recognizance. Van Winkle is well-known to police and has an extensive history of drug trafficking and other related offences. He is set to appear again in Court later this week.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

 

The Saanich Police are reminding drivers to take the time to ensure their vehicle windows are completely cleared of frost, ice and condensation before heading out of the road.

On Sunday December 15, 2019 around 8:45 am a Saanich Police officer was stopped on Tillicum Road near Gorge Road West when he was rear-ended by a car heading northbound. When the officer got out to speak to the driver, he saw that the front windshield was completely covered in ice. Once he walked up to the car, he could see the windshield was also completely covered in condensation buildup on the inside.

“This collision was completely preventable,” said Cst. Markus Anastasiades. “It takes less than five minutes to clear the ice and defrost the interior windows of a vehicle, and taking those preventative steps are just one way in keeping our roads safe. Keeping an ice scrapper, squeegee and a small towel inside your vehicle are recommended.”

The driver was issued a violation ticket for Drive While View Obstructed, which carried a fine of $109. The officer received minor injuries and is currently recovering at home. 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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On December 16, 2019 at 12:19 pm the Saanich Police received a report of a two vehicle collision on Highway 17 at Haliburton Road. Once on scene, police discovered that the injuries were potentially life-threatening to one of the occupants, who was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. As a result, a Collision Analyst was called to investigate and the highway reduced down to one lane.

So far, police have learned that a white SUV was travelling northbound on the highway and approached the intersection at Haliburton Road. It rear-ended a blue SUV, which then rear-ended a semi-truck that was stopped in traffic. One of the occupants of the white SUV was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Two other occupants from the scene received minor injuries and were also taken to the hospital.

Traffic was impacted for almost two hours, which resulted in significant backups for northbound traffic. The status of the seriously injured occupant has improved to serious but stable condition at this time. All persons involved are cooperating with investigators and the exact cause of the collision is still under investigation. Driver impairment was not a factor.

 

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

December 12, 2019

File 19-30565

 

We are currently investigating several small fires that have been reported in Saanich over the past week, all of which resulted in minor property damage.  As we continue to investigate, we would like to remind the community to continue to report any suspicious fires they might come across, no matter the nature of them.

 

Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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