On September 1, 2022 at approximately 3:45 p.m. officers observed a vehicle, a white Telsa, being driven in a dangerous manner in the area of Cedar Hill Cross Road at Shelbourne Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver failed to stop and continued driving in a dangerous manner, which included driving into on-coming traffic and failing to stop for red lights.
Due to concern for public safety and everyone on the road this afternoon, police continued to pursue in an attempt to stop the driver as soon as it was possible to do so.
The vehicle crashed head-on into an Oak Bay Police vehicle, as well as two Saanich Police vehicles on Gordon Head Road near Campus Crescent. The driver did not comply with police direction and the assistance of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team and the Integrated Canine Service was used to effectively and safely arrest the driver.
While the investigation is still early, it is suspected that the driver was impaired by drugs and was transported to hospital. Charges related to this incident, including Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Failing to Stop for Police, will be investigated.
The police officers sustained minor injuries.
Cst. Markus Anastasiades
Public Information & Communications Officer