Sidney RCMP arrest man breaching airport perimeter

Sidney North Saanich

2021-08-08 14:11 PDT

File # 2021-3741

Sidney RCMP officers arrested a man on the tarmac at YYJ after he breached the perimeter fencing.

The event took place on August 7, 2021 after police officers responded to a 911 report of a man who had driven a vehicle through the perimeter fence into the restricted area at the Victoria International Airport.

The man was quickly located and arrested safely by police after being followed by airport firefighters across the tarmac for some distance.

"This incident was especially dangerous for both the man and anyone operating or travelling by aircraft. The area is restricted to allow airplanes to land and takeoff safely and is carefully coordinated by air traffic controllers. I am grateful that this incident was resolved quickly and safely and no harm came to any member of the public." said Corporal Andres Sanchez, Media Relations Officer with the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP.

The man was arrested and transported to hospital as police were concerned that the man's actions may be the result of a medical issue. Police believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further danger to the public but are continuing to investigate this matter. Charges will be considered in this instance after further details are uncovered. 

Corporal Andres Sanchez
Media Relations Officer, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP


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Cpl. Andres Sanchez Flores

Media Relations Officer
Sidney North Saanich RCMP
Office: 250-656-3931
Fax: 250-656-8139


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