Mischievous, anti-SUVers, speeder graffiti artists among police calls in Oak Bay

Graffiti artists and mischievous anti-SUVs are going wild in Oak Bay this summer, capping off another week of speeders, impaired drivers and bike wingers.

The most notable of the 104 calls for service last week to the Oak Bay Police Department included an 18-year-old who reached 96 km/h in a 50 km zone around Gordon Head and Cedar Hill Cross roads on Wednesday ( July 27), was fined $368 and lost his vehicle for a week. A day later, Greater Victoria School District staff had to scrub spray paint after police came across offensive graffiti near Oak Bay High; no suspects have yet been identified.

Later on July 28, a driver parked along Oak Bay Avenue forgot to check his shoulder before opening his door and was fined $368 after hitting a passing cyclist, who had to be treated on the spot by paramedics. Also that day, a Jeep driver stopped by police in the 2900 block of Beach Drive admitted to having had a few beers a few hours before driving, but was still drunk enough to earn an immediate seven-day ban on the side of the road and lose his vehicle for a week.

Between Friday and Saturday, reports of nine different SUVs on Victoria Avenue, Quimper Street, McLaren Avenue and Falkland Road having blown tires during a coordinated strike by the Tire Extinguishers group, which claims that vehicles contribute disproportionately to climate change. A thin Caucasian man with light brown hair in his early 20s drove away from a targeted SUV in a light blue car and is the current suspect in this ongoing investigation.

On July 30, officers also responded to a report of mischief at the Kiwanis Teahouse in Willows Park, in the form of two broken Adirondack chairs. To top off the day, a fuel tank and gasoline were stolen from a boat parked on Thompson Avenue. The complainant said the fuel connection lines were severed, likely overnight, but police were also unable to identify any suspects there.

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