Saanich police briefs

Drunk teen steals mom's car; Saanich, VicPD join forces to nab drug trafficker

Drunk teen takes mom’s car, crashes into yard, runs away

A series of bad decisions by a 16-year-old Saanich teen led to his arrest around 2:30 a.m. Sunday by Saanich police.

First, he took his mom’s Toyota Sienna out for a late-night drive without her consent.

Second, he consumed a 26-ounce bottle of alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

Third, he crashed through the front lawn of a home in the 3800-block of Loretta Dr. near Interurban Road.

And fourth, he fled the scene of the crash.

A Saanich police canine officer, however, tracked the suspect to the nearby Galloping Goose Trail. The officer, suspecting the man to be under the influence of alcohol, administered two roadside breathalyzer tests, both of which the teen failed.

“Our officers initiated contact with mom … and in fact she didn’t even know (her vehicle) was missing,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen, adding that constitutes a criminal code charge. “Mom decided not to pursue the charges, but she did notify the officers, as well, that her son had a learner’s (driver’s) licence.”

Under the learner’s stage of graduated licencing program, a learner driver must be accompanied by a supervisor who is 25 or older and has a valid driver’s licence; drive only between 5 a.m. and midnight; and have a zero blood-alcohol content.

Jantzen said the teen faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident and driving contrary to restrictions of a licence. He was also issued an immediate 90-day roadside prohibition, and his mom’s damaged van was impounded.

“We’re thankful there were no injuries, as well. It was a significant impact … and obviously would’ve done some damage to the home. It was described by our officers as ‘narrowly missing’ the home,” Jantzen said.

Saanich, VicPD join forces to nab drug trafficker

A joint investigation involving the Saanich police street crimes unit and the Victoria police’s Strike Force team culminated last week in the arrest of an alleged cocaine trafficker.

Following the man’s arrest, in the afternoon on Nov. 2, police executed a search warrant on his home in the 700-block of Claremont Ave.

Police seized two ounces of cocaine, worth an estimated value of $2,000, along with $10,000 in cash.

“This is certainly a good, mid-size intervention,” Jantzen said regarding the amount of drugs taken off the street.

“There are more than one person involved in this particular investigation, but at this time it’s just the one charge,” he added.

The 26-year-old Saanich man faces drug trafficking-related charges.

Jantzen added that police are now looking to seize some of the man’s possessions under the Civil Forfeiture Act.


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