A single-vehicle incident has closed southbound traffic along the Pat Bay Highway from Sayward Road Monday morning. Emergency crews are on scene. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Pat Bay closure caused by drug-impaired driver

Man struck two hydro poles, closing a section of the Pat Bay Monday morning

  • Jun. 21, 2021 12:00 a.m.

A Pat Bay Highway closure that significantly delayed traffic Monday morning was caused by a drug-impaired driver, Saanich police told Black Press Media.

Police were called to an area of the highway near Sayward Road at 5:17 a.m. for reports of a single-vehicle incident. Upon arriving, police discovered a drug-impaired man had crashed his vehicle into two hydro poles.

Saanich fire and paramedics joined police on the scene and they closed both southbound lanes and one northbound one for several hours.

Saanich police announced that all lanes had reopened shortly after 11 a.m.

Sgt. Damian Kowalewich said the man was the sole occupant of the vehicle and he was issued a ticket for driving while impaired, including a 24-hour driving suspension.

No one was injured in the incident.

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