Video has been released showing a car careening across a downtown Victoria sidewalk and crashing into the entrance and down the stairs into a popular basement nightclub.
In the surveillance video the black Acura can be seen narrowly missing a pedestrian as it crosses the sidewalk on the 900-block of Douglas Street around 6 p.m. PT.
The car then slams into the front entrance of the Distrikt nightclub adjacent to the Strathcona Hotel and plunges partway down the stairs, sending debris flying through the club.
Police believe the 63-year-old driver lost control after suffering a medical problem. The driver was taken to Royal Jubilee Hospital for assessment, but was reported to be in good condition.
Sgt. Glenn Vermette said the building was badly damaged by the crash, but the club was not open at the time and nobody else was injured.
"There is significant structural damage to the building. There are metal bars that during the impact shot right across the floor of the nightclub and could have been very dangerous or even fatal if anybody had been in the night club," said Vermette.
Customers in an adjacent hotel bar can be seen jumping up when the impact knocks over some furniture, on another surveillance video.
The car was later towed out of the entrance and an inspector was called out to ensure the building was still safe to occupy.
"I was really concerned about the sidewalk patrons because it is a busy area," said hotel manager Terry Friesen, after determining nobody inside the hotel had been injured.
The nightclub was planning to reopen shortly with a new entrance on Courtney Street.