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Weekly Media Release for Jan. 22 – Jan. 28, 2024

The Oak Bay Police Department responded to 57 calls for service this week.

 Excessive Speed

On January 22, 2024, at 2045 hours, the Oak Bay Police were conducting speed enforcement on Beach Dr near Newport Ave, which is a posted 40km/h speed limit. Police observed a vehicle travelling Northbound and noted it to be travelling more than 40km/h. A Lidar speed measuring device was used to capture the speed of the vehicle and it was travelling 88km/hr. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was identified as a 25-year-old male. The male was issued a Violation Ticket for Excessive Speed S. 148(1) MVA $368, and his vehicle was towed and impounded for 7 days. (OB 24-164)

Mischief

On January 24, 2024, at 1752 hours, the Oak Bay Police received a report that a man was causing mischief to a traffic sign in the area of Newport Rd and Oak Bay Ave. Police attended and the male suspect was no longer on scene. The original witness had taken a photograph of the suspect. A second call was later received from another witness. The second witness observed the mischief in progress and was able to identify the suspect. The Oak Bay Public Works later attended and removed the graffiti from the sign. The matter is still under investigation. (OB24-183)

Collision

On January 26, 2024, at 1927 hours, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Cadboro Bay Rd near Bowker Ave. The witness reported that the vehicle appeared to be speeding, lost control and veered off the road, striking the curb and coming to rest in a small garden. Police attended and identified the driver as a 24-year-old-male, who possessed a Class 7 Novice driver’s licence. Police noted signs consistent with the driver having used cannabis. Police formed grounds to believe that the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was affected by a drug. The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition S. 215 MVA and a Violation Ticket for Drive without Due Care and Attention S. 144(1)(a) MVA $368. The estimated damage of the vehicle was approximately $4,000. (OB24-2000)

If you have information regarding these or any other crimes in Oak Bay, please phone the police department at 250-592-2424 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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