Duncan man arrested in Victoria

A Duncan man has been arrested in Victoria for drunk driving while on a 90-day driving ban for a previous impaired driving incident.

Nicholas Hawkins, 34, who is known to police for impaired driving offences, was arrested Saturday evening after driving erratically on Douglas Street and nearly hitting pedestrians, said Victoria police spokesman Const. Mike Russell.

Hawkins has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, failure to provide a sample, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, impaired driving, wilfully resisting a police officer and driving while prohibited. He was released on $2,000 bail with conditions not to consume alcohol.

Hawkins is to appear in Victoria provincial court on March 24. Several people called 911 about 6:20 p.m. when they saw a black truck speeding down Douglas Street near Burnside Road, narrowly missing pedestrians. One witness followed the vehicle until it stopped in the 3000-block of Carroll Street.

As police approached, the driver tried to flee, but officers blocked the vehicle and removed the driver.

Once police determined his identity, they realized he was already the subject of a 90-day driving ban and should not have been behind the wheel.

Investigators are still looking for witnesses to the incident on Saturday night. Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver is asked to call VicPD’s non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.