Driver charged with impaired driving after going off road into rail trail

A motorist has been charged with impaired driving after driving off the road and into the Interurban Rail Trail off West Saanich Road.

The 59-year-old woman was not injured when she veered onto the trail Wednesday afternoon, knocking over a B.C. Transit sign and crashing into a fence.

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No one was using that section of the trail at the time.

Saanich police received a report about 4:20 p.m. that a vehicle was driving in oncoming lanes on Interurban Road, near Hector Road. As they headed there, they were told the vehicle had crashed.

Police said the woman’s blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of .08 when measured.

“We would like to thank the public for reporting this driver to us in a timely manner,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades. “As this took place during the evening commute and in poor weather conditions, this incident posed serious safety risks to other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”

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