Call it a case of eagle-eyed justice.
Saanich Police Tuesday arrested a 33-year-old Victoria man prohibited from driving after Const. Paul Egli found fake licence plates made out of paper on the man’s uninsured vehicle.
The MVP (most valuable Paul) goes to TSU's own Cst Paul Egli for finding these fake plates (laminated paper) attached to a car w/o insurance and driven by someone who was prohibited! Fines issued, "Plates" seized, driver arrested.... nothing gets past #EagleEyeEgli#yyjtraffic pic.twitter.com/v9WjeUpmBc— Saanich PD Traffic (@SPD_Traffic) March 21, 2019
Egli pulled the grey Audi A4 over in the 3800 block of Quadra Street at about 2 p.m. while on patrol, said Sgt. Julie Fast of the Saanich Police.
She said a thick plastic cover over the rear licence plate made it “very difficult” for Egli to read the plate, leaving him wondering whether the vehicle had proper insurance.
Egli then discovered the driver’s vehicle prohibition, the lack of insurance, and the fake licence plates made out of laminated pieces of paper.
“As a result, the vehicle was towed and impounded for [seven] days, the driver was issued a $707 ticket for having a plastic cover over his plate and for having no insurance, and he was then arrested for prohibited driving and for altering a licence plate,” said Fast.
Fast called the results of this vehicle “surprising,” but indicative.
“This is a great example of the work our Traffic Safety Unit does on a daily basis to help keep our roads safe and to hold drivers accountable for their actions,” she said.