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Intoxicated driver crashes into roadside treeline in Colwood

Monday September 18, 2023 | COLWOOD, BC

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

Crashing into a tree line in the middle of the night… it happened in Colwood this past weekend.

West Shore RCMP says their frontline officers were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision on in the wee hours of Sunday September 17, at about 2 am.

A witness called police after observing a grey 2004 Toyota Corolla that had collided into the tree line near the 2000-block of Sooke Road (Highway 14) in Colwood. That’s nearby to the Royal Roads University campus.

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The 2000-block of Sooke Road (Highway 14) is alongside the Royal Roads University campus in Colwood. [Google map]

The driver and the sole occupant of the vehicle, was identified as a 27-year-old woman who was exhibiting symptoms of alcohol intoxication. She provided a sample of her breath and police determined her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.

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A driver crashed her grey 2004 Toyota Corolla into the treeline in 2000-block Sooke Road in the wee hours of Sept 17, 2023. [West Shore RCMP]

The drive was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition under the Motor Vehicle Act and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver did not sustain any major injuries but was taken to the hospital as a precaution due to the collision.

“We want to thank the witness for calling police right away. It is remarkable that no one was seriously injured in this collision,” said Cpl. Nancy Saggar, Media Relations Officer, West Shore RCMP.

RCMP File # 2023-19100