All for the love of Ben & Jerrys

POLICE BRIEFS: Car impounded in Central Saanich in the wee hours of Aug. 25

Central Saanich Police

• A 26-year-old Central Saanich man apparently gave into an irresistible ice cream craving in the wee hours of Aug. 25.

The man was found sleeping in the front seat of his car in front of Centennial Park with a plastic spoon in one hand and a pint of melted Ben and Jerry’s ice cream on the floor of his car around 4:10 a.m. on Sunday morning. The officer who spotted the car, which had its headlights on and keys in the ignition, stopped to investigate. He woke the man up, who admitted to drinking and driving, and issued two roadside tests, both of which the driver failed.

The man’s car was impounded for 30 days and he was given a 90-day driving suspension.

• A 19-year-old Central Saanich man and his 19-year-old female passenger learned a hard lesson in the early morning hours of Aug. 23.

Around 3:30 a.m., police received a report from a resident near the intersection of Amwell Drive and Greig Avenue that a black SUV had crashed into a utility pole. When police arrived, the driver was attending to the passenger who had a broken ankle. According to police, the driver was going too fast, resulting in his collision with the pole.

The man failed a roadside screening twice and was not only issued the standard 90-day suspension and 30-day impound for impaired driving, he was also issued three tickets under the motor vehicle act for disobeying a stop sign, failing to display his new drivers sign and for driving contrary to restrictions.

The female passenger was taken to Saanich Peninsula Hospital for surgery to repair her broken ankle.

• On Aug. 22, police received reports of an erratic driver on the Pat Bay Highway around 4:30 p.m. Witnesses had followed the vehicle from Quadra Street to the intersection of the highway and Island View Road where the vehicle rear ended another car.

When police arrived, a 48-year-old woman from Mayne Island was found to be under the influence of drugs. Drugs were also found in her car. She was issued a 24-hour driving suspension, a vehicle impound and a ticket for driving without due care and attention.