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'Report impaired drivers' sign destroyed by ... an impaired driver

A police officer set up this photo after an incident in which they allege an impaired driver hit an impaired driving road sign.  (Submitted by North Shore RCMP - image credit)
A police officer set up this photo after an incident in which they allege an impaired driver hit an impaired driving road sign. (Submitted by North Shore RCMP - image credit)

An impaired driver was arrested in Victoria after allegedly hitting a "report impaired driver" sign with their pickup truck.

West Shore RCMP said they received a call from a witness around 9:55 p.m. PT March 21, who told police they had seen the driver speed onto a sidewalk and crash into the sign before driving away.

A police officer attended the location at Craigflower Rd. and Admirals Rd. in the community of View Royal, about six kilometres west of Victoria, where they found the sign crumpled on the ground, along with a licence plate from the vehicle.

Moments later, he was notified by Victoria Police that they had stopped the driver believed to be responsible.

"So he actually picked up the licence plate and the sign and brought it with him," RCMP Cpl. Nancy Saggar said, adding he then placed the sign in front of the impounded vehicle and took a picture.

"It's just ironic, right? The one sign you crash into happens to be a 'report impaired drivers' sign? And then you leave your licence plate behind — it's like you're just begging to be caught."

Saggar said although the photo snapped by the officer does offer some comedic relief, the act itself was dangerous and it is fortunate the driver was stopped before causing further damage or injury.

"Riding up onto the sidewalk, there could have been a pedestrian there," she said.

Saggar said an investigation into the incident is underway.