Vehicle crash on East Sooke Rd leads to criminal investigation


2024-03-22 11:33 PDT

File # 2024-1163

On March 22, 2024, Sooke RCMP responded to the intersection of Yates Rd and East Sooke Rd in Beecher Bay for a report of a single motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival, police located one injured woman believed to be an occupant of the crashed vehicle. Officers learned that the male driver had fled the scene prior to police arrival. Based on initial evidence obtained, a criminal investigation was launched and the woman was arrested.

Police further received another report that a local security guard was attacked nearby and their truck was stolen. As police patrolled in the area, an officer located the stolen truck who had subsequently crashed down an embankment. The driver of the vehicle, believed to be the driver of the initial vehicle that crashed, was arrested and taken into custody for a variety of offences, including theft of vehicle and assault with a weapon.

As police were dealing with the woman at the first collision scene, information was learned that an explosive device, associated to the woman was present. Due to the unknown nature of that explosive device, Sooke RCMP contacted the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit for their assistance and the safe removal of that device.

East Sooke Rd was closed to traffic to allow for the investigation to take place.

The two crashed vehicles were towed and seized for forensic analysis.

Both individuals, an adult man and adult woman are currently in custody as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5141

Released by

Cpl. Alex Bérubé
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Island District
2881 Nanaimo St, Victoria, BC V8T 4Z8
Office: 250-380-6110
Cell: 778-836-8153


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