Saanich traffic cop hit after being mistaken for traffic cone

The officer was at McKenzie Avenue and Cedar Hill X Road when she saw a red 1980 Plymouth Volare turn left contrary to the posted sign.

A Saanich police officer was hit by a car Monday while attempting to pull the vehicle over for making an illegal turn.

The traffic safety officer was monitoring traffic at McKenzie Avenue and Cedar Hill X Road around 5:15 p.m. when she saw a red 1980 Plymouth Volare turn left onto McKenzie, contrary to the posted sign.

She tried to stop the vehicle by stepping out into traffic and flagging the car over, but the driver kept going, side-swiping the officer’s leg.

The officer hit the hood of the car with her hand twice to get the driver’s attention but he continued along McKenzie.

He was stopped further down the road by a patrol officer. The driver, an elderly male, said he thought he hit a traffic cone.

He was issued $259 worth of tickets for disobeying a traffic stop and failing to stop for police. He was also referred to ICBC to have his licence reviewed.

The Saanich officer was not injured.

kslavin@saanichnews.com