Car crashes into dining room of Saanich house

A driver has been charged after a car crashed into the dining room of a Cordova Bay house.

When Saanich police arrived at the house on Fowler Road shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, they found a grey car driven halfway into a corner of the house. The 58-year-old female driver was nearby. No one was injured.

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Neighbours said the car belongs to a woman who lives across the street from the house, and that it reversed from her driveway, crossed the road and crashed into the neighbour’s dining room.

It’s unclear how the crash occurred. But a man who identified himself as the woman’s husband said she was not in the car at the time of the crash and that it rolled from their driveway into the neighbour’s driveway; he wasn’t home at the time of the crash.

The two driveways are slightly off-set from each other.

A couple and their three young boys live in the house where the crash happened. They moved into the house in late 2018, according to neighbours.

“It is very fortunate that the family living in the house were in other areas of the home when the car hit and that no one, including the driver, was injured,” said Sgt. Julie Fast, public information officer for Saanich police.

The dining room’s glass walls were shattered in the crash, and the room was boarded up later the same night.

The driver was arrested for failing to provide a breath sample and issued a 90-day driving prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 24 hours.

regan-elliott@timescolonist.com

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