On January 31st 2019, at approximately 09:00 am the West Shore RCMP responded to a report of a male who was walking the concrete barriers on the Trans Canada Highway near the Old Island Highway Overpass.
While headed to the scene, police were advised that two complainants had talked the male off the railing however the male then stole one of the complainant’s vehicles, a Grey F150 truck and took off at a high rate of speed. The male crashed the truck into a telephone pole at the intersection of Helmcken Road and the Trans Canada Highway.
This male then exited the truck, ran away and stole a canoe from a residence on Chancellor Ave. Police located the male drifting into the portage inlet. He apparently had no paddles on board the canoe. West Shore police officers negotiated with the male to give himself up. The male eventually gave himself up to police and was taken into custody. His mental health is also being assessed.
“We want to thank View Royal Fire Department and the BC Ambulance Services who were on scene and ready to assist,” said Cst. Nancy Saggar of the West Shore RCMP. “The View Royal Fire Department was in the process of deploying their boat into the water when the male gave himself up.”
This investigation is on going and police are still gathering evidence. Police are asking for anyone with information regarding this incident to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or report anonymously though Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Simultaneously, West Shore RCMP were dealing with two other high priority incidents. One was the suspicious package at the bus stop located on Goldstream Ave at Jacklin Ave and another was a report of a truck driving down the Trans Canada Highway in the opposite lane against traffic. These three events are completely unrelated but were taking place at the same time.
Update on the suspicious package: Just before 10:00am on January 31st 2019, the West Shore RCMP officers confirmed that the package was not an explosive device. It was determined to be electrical wiring that runs out of the bus shelter at this location. The City of Langford has been advised and are working on the wiring. The road has now been opened and the safe zone lifted. Thank you for your patience in allowing police the space to work.
“We want to also thank the Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) for assisting in locating the truck travelling down the wrong side of the highway,” said Saggar. “Today’s events highlight the challenges of police work and managing priority calls”