Drunk driver rolls truck on Malahat

A vehicle rollover blocked northbound traffic on Trans-Canada Highway north of Goldstream Park early Sunday morning.

  • Sep. 12, 2011 5:00 p.m.

A vehicle rollover blocked northbound traffic on Trans-Canada Highway north of Goldstream Park early Sunday morning.

A 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck was travelling south towards Victoria though an S-curve on the highway when it veered into the ditch and hit a rock face that bounced it back into the road. The truck rolled several times, clearing the centre divider and coming to rest on its roof on the curb of the northbound lane against a cement barrier.

West Shore RCMP, Langford Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance responded to the incident at 4:30 a.m. When they arrived, the male who’d been driving the pickup was gone. A police dog from Victoria was used to find him.

Despite smashing into a wall and rolling his vehicle, the driver had only minor injuries, but was intoxicated. Police took the man into custody, as well as issuing him an Immediate roadside diving prohibition and impounded his vehicle.

The northbound lane of the highway was closed for about an hour while the scene was investigated and wreckage removed.