An impaired driver who jumped the seawall in Oak Bay and attempted to flee by driving down the beach faces numerous charges.
Just before 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, Oak Bay police received a report from a resident in the 2400-block of Lansdowne Road who said she’d witnessed a hit and run on the street in front of her house, said Deputy Chief Mark Fisher.
The caller told police she’d heard crash and when she went out to look, saw the driver of a black sedan had crashed into an SUV.
“The female driver of the sedan appeared to be impaired as she was stumbling and had slurred speech when she exited her vehicle to examine the damage,” Fisher said. According to the caller, the driver grabbed her licence plate from the street, got back in her vehicle and took off eastbound down Lansdowne Road.
You know someone is impaired when they cross the oncoming lane, go over a 5 foot seawall, and then keep driving on the beach. Scary that these people get behind the wheel! She spent the night in jail. Court on Feb 17. Thanks to citizen that called it in. #DontDrinkAndDrive pic.twitter.com/VA20oUtwb4
— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) November 26, 2020
Not long after, an Oak Bay police officer in the 1600-block of Beach Drive spotted a black sedan heading south and started following it. As they approached the 1300-block of Beach Drive, the sedan’s driver “failed to navigate the curve in the road and continued straight” and drove over the seawall onto the beach near the Oak Bay Marina.
In an attempt to flee, the woman drove about 75 feet down the beach, Fisher said. Officers arrested the 43-year-old Victoria resident and she spent the night in jail.
The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and faces charges for refusing to provide a breath sample, dangerous operation of a vehicle and failing to stop after a collision. She has a court date set for Feb. 17.