Police say driver in crash was impaired by drugs

Three people were injured after a driver believed to be impaired by drugs ran a red light and struck another vehicle Friday morning.

Around 9 a.m., a vehicle with a driver and passenger travelling northbound on Douglas Street ran a red light at the intersection with Finlayson Street, crossed the centre line and hit a southbound vehicle stopped at the light, said Victoria police spokesman Const. Cam MacIntyre.

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Traffic and patrol officers and B.C. Emergency Health Services paramedics responded. The driver of the southbound vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The passenger in the vehicle that ran the light fled and ran into a nearby business. Officers found the man disposing of drugs in the business, and he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, MacIntyre said. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to hospital.

The driver of the northbound vehicle failed a standard field sobriety test for drug-impaired driving. He was given a 24-hour driving prohibition, a violation ticket for driving without due care or attention, and a violation ticket for invalid insurance.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Victoria police’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654 and press 1 to speak with the report desk. To report what you know anonymously, call Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). 

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