Car plows into vehicles stopped at Victoria roadblock

Suspected impaired driver travelling at 60km/h when vehicle in lineup was struck

A Victoria man was arrested for impaired driving after a rear-end collision at a police roadblock Friday night on Blanshard Street.

A 37-year-old man was determined to be heavily intoxicated when the SUV he was driving crashed into a car in front of him around 10:30 p.m. Both cars were in line waiting to be checked by Integrated Road Safety Unit officers.

“Thankfully this driver was taken off the road before he did more damage,” Cpl. Ryan Bacica of IRSU said in a statement. “Clearly he should not have been behind the wheel at all. Given his state of gross impairment, he could have very easily killed someone.”

The SUV was travelling an estimated 60 kilometres per hour, according to an officer who witnessed the collision.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck sustained minor injuries, but the car was severely damaged and written off.

The suspect driver has been charged with impaired driving, having registered a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit, as well as dangerous driving.

A third vehicle was also hit, but did not remain on the scene. Police are interested in speaking to the occupants of that vehicle.

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