The Sooke RCMP have release photo of yesterday’s vehicle, involved in a gun-and-alcohol wild ride on Sooke Road.
Their original release is printed below:
Sooke Detachment RCMP are seeking witnesses to the driving habits of a male in a Red 2015 Jeep Wrangler, which was reported to be westbound on Highway 14 in Langford at about 1:20 PM today (November 23rd).
One witness reported that the vehicle reached speeds in excess of 180 km/h in the 4 lanes of Highway 14 in Langford. So many calls were received on 911 it overwhelmed the South Island Operational Communication Center.
The vehicle was reported to be passing vehicles on the double solid line, driving at a high rate of speed.
At the 5800 block of Sooke Road, the vehicle went off road to the right, running over a bench at a bus stop, gouging a telephone pole, knocking out a fence, severing trees and coming to rest down a ravine.
The driver, surprisingly, sustained only minor injuries. The vehicle was completely demolished. A search of the area where the vehicle came to rest on its side yielded alcohol and a loaded handgun.
A 42 year old male from Duncan, and well known to police, was treated at Victoria General Hospital for minor injuries then transported to the Sooke RCMP cells where he remains in custody. He is facing charges of Possession of an Unregistered Restricted Weapon, Impaired Driving, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample and Dangerous Driving.
The Sooke RCMP are asking that any person who witnessed the manner in which this vehicle was being driven please contact the Detachment between 8 and 4 at 250-642-5241.
Jeff McArthur, S/Sgt.
Sooke RCMP Detachment