Police Apprehend Char Thief After Fiery Crash


2017-01-27 10:19 PST

File # 2016-6964

On December 23, 2016 at approximately 6:20 p.m., members of the Sidney North Saanich RCMP and Central Saanich Police Service collaborated in the area of Mt Newton Cross Rd and Highway 17 to locate a Cadillac that had just been stolen from a gas station in Saanich. A male driver had absconded with the vehicle with the hose and nozzle still attached, and numerous civilian complaints were received regarding the vehicle’s whereabouts and precarious driving behaviour. Upon making initial contact with the driver, efforts by police to facilitate his compliance were met with defiance and he subsequently fled in the vehicle. Police located the vehicle minutes later near the McTavish round about where they engaged in further efforts to negotiate with the male to no avail. Fleeing from police a second time, the vehicle ultimately came to a rest on Lochside Drive in North Saanich after striking a cement building and becoming engulfed in flames. The male was extricated from the vehicle by bystanders and was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

While drugs and alcohol have been ruled out as contributing factors, the reasons for this crash are presently unknown. The police investigation is continuing and charges of theft of motor vehicle, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision are being recommended to Crown Counsel.

The IIO has reviewed the circumstances in this matter and will not be assuming jurisdiction.
This is a multi-agency criminal investigation involving three different police agencies. Investigators from all three agencies are working diligently to prepare a report to Crown Counsel - Sgt. Wayne Conley (Detachment Commander).

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