Vehicle forfeited after driving at police officer
West Shore, BC Highway Patrol
2021-03-18 11:00 PDT
File # CRD IRSU 2020-346
On June 3, 2020 an officer with the CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 17 in Saanich, BC. The officer spotted a Maserati Levante traveling at over 110 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone, and when the officer flagged the vehicle to the shoulder of the highway, the driver accelerated and intentionally drove at the officer, nearly hitting him.
The officer was able to obtain the licence plate and alerted local police agencies. On June 14, 2020 the vehicle was located and seized by Victoria Police as offence-related property (dangerous driving) in relation to the June 3rd incident.
The lead investigator applied for, and was granted, a search warrant for the vehicle. During the search, a large quantity of illegal narcotics and evidence of drug trafficking was discovered. The registered owner, who is known to police, was issued tickets for excessive speed and failing to stop for police, among other offences.
The vehicle remained seized and, in January 2021, it was repossessed by a financial institution which held an interest in it.
This serves as a valuable lesson to those who engage in dangerous driving behaviour which puts the lives of police officers and others at risk: police will use all legal means at their disposal to ensure that there are significant penalties meted out to such individuals, including taking your car away – permanently. This may also be followed up with a report to RoadSafetyBC requesting that individuals be prohibited from driving.
Police would like to remind all motorists that they can contribute to road safety by following a few simple rules: Drive defensively, obey speed limits, wear seat-belts, drive sober and distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel. And, please obey the direction of police officers if you are being signalled to pull over and stop – the consequences if you don’t may mean the loss of your vehicle and driving privileges.
Cpl. Mike HalskovMedia Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
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