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Man picks police jail cells over hospital

Police give Central Saanich man choice between beds; he chooses the one behind bars

Something unusual on the surveillance monitor snagged the attention of an officer at his desk in Central Saanich on Saturday morning. Around 8 a.m. the officer noticed someone fall to the ground in the entrance area of municipal hall. The man on the ground in the lobby turned out to be an intoxicated Central Saanich man in his early 20s. He refused an ambulance, police said, saying all he wanted was to go to cells and sober up. The police obliged.