Police news in brief: Wild driving leads to date-rape drug discovery

  • Feb. 23, 2011 8:00 p.m.

A man was busted for drug possession and another’s life was likely saved when Victoria police pulled over a car this week.The Subaru was speeding and swerving on Cook Street at 3 a.m. Monday, trying to avoid the police car chasing them.When four officers – two were recruits – stopped the car in the Hillside neighbourhood, they smelled marijuana and discovered one passenger, a 29-year-old Saanich man, was wanted on fraud charges.The other passenger, a 35-year-old Victoria man, was passing out. An ambulance was called. Police found a one-litre bottle of GHB in the vehicle, which the older man had drank.The driver received a 24-hour driving suspension for possible impairment, the younger passenger was arrested on the fraud warrant and drug possession.The older passenger spent four hours in a coma-like state in hospital from a drug overdose, but is expected to recover. He won’t be charged.Register robbery thwarted by citizensCitizens helped police catch a robbery suspect downtown Monday.A man tore a cash register from the counter at the Treasure Chest Trade Company, 658 View St. at 3:30 p.m., then ran.A man outside the shop tried to stop the thief, but the suspect fled.In Waddington Alley, two construction workers got in his way. When police arrived, they pointed out the suspect, as well as the register, which was stashed in an alcove.The man will likely face robbery and stolen property charges.Special bike stolen from ownerA woman with mobility issues hopes the public can help find her customized bicycle.The red recumbent bike, with two back wheels, a black upright seat and elongated frame, was stolen from Our Place at 919 Pandora Ave., where it was locked to a post, last week.The bike’s owner, a 54-year-old woman who needs it to get around because of health issues, saw the man who stole her bike on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. He was 20-30 years old with a ball cap worn sideways.Anyone with information about the bike’s whereabouts can call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or victoriacrimestoppers.com.