Ashcroft RCMP Sgt. Michel Grondin with retired RCMP Sgt. Jerry Fiddick at the Ashcroft Canada Day celebrations.

Police Report – Avoiding potholes and golf balls

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Avoiding pot holes

July 9 at 8:30 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 just south of ASC Auto after a northbound vehicle went off road right and drove down the embankment, through a fence and into a field. The vehicle was heavily damaged with a broken windshielf and flat tires. The driver, a 19 year old Spences Bridge woman, said she was trying to avoid potholes and lost control of her vehicle. She was not injured.

Outlaw In Laws

July 9 at 4 pm police attended a Walhachin residence where two women were having a loud verbal dispute. The 50 year old owner of the home had left before police attended but returned to the house while police were looking for her. She was arrested for causing a disturbance and lodged in cells until sober. She and her stepson’s fiance had been involved in an exchange of words.

Eviction party

July 9 at 5:30 police were called to the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek after a 51year old female resident smashed the front window of her unit. She was gone before police arrived. The manager advised police that he had served an eviction notice on the tenant for not paying her rent, and she was supposed to move out later that day. The woman was located later back at the motel and arrested for mischief and being drunk in a public place. She was lodged in cells until sober and is facing charges of mischief.

Accident closes 97C

July 9 at 7 pm police attended a single vehicle rollover on Hwy 97C by North Rd. after a GMC pickup, heading towards Ashcroft, swerved to miss a dear and rolled off the highway. The pickup was hauling a utility trailer full of construction tools and supplies for a roadwork crew and the accident left tar and diesel all over the highway. The road was closed for clean up and the Ministry of Environmet was notified. The 19 year old male driver from Penticton was taken to Kamloops’ hospital with a concussion. The deer was nowhere to be seen.

Bag turned in

July 11 at 4:30 pm a Air Canada travel bag was turned in at the front counter of the Detachment. The bag contained women’s clothing and toiletries. It can be claimed at the Detachment.

Neighbourhood dog

July 12 at 7:45 am police attended a complaint of dog-napping after a Cache Creek woman took a neighbour’s whining and barking Chihuahua from their backyard at 3 am and let it into her house to warm up and dry off. The couple advised that they called the dog’s owners to let them know they had the dog, but there was no answer. The neighbour reported it to the police and the dog was returned. It appeared to be healthy and well fed and not in any distress. The couple reported their concerns about the dog’s welfare to the SPCA.

Target practice

July 13 at 9:30 pm police received a complaint from a Cache Creek man owning property near the golf course, who was upset about the number of golf balls landing in his yard. The 53 year old man advised police that a golf ball had just landed near his house so he went to the golf course and discovered a pickup just leaving with men inside. He photographed both the men and their vehicle and asked police to lay charges. He said he has found 12 balls in the past year and he thinks they’re trying to hit his house on purpose. When the officer informed him that no charges would be laid, the man asked that police seize the balls and check them for fingerprints. He was advised to lodge his complaint with the golf course.

The officer contacted the golf course as well and staff advised that none of the holes faced the highway, and that there was no way that anyone could drive a golf ball hard enough to get it to the highway, let alone across it.

Nelson released

Eric Nelson, 52, of the Hat Creek area has been released from jail pending his next court appearance on July 25. Nelson was arrested and charged with several offenses that occured May 15-17, including attempted murder, assault, theft of a vehicle and several weapons charges in connection with incidents occuring in Spences Bridge and Venables Valley. Nelson was released with a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am, a no-contact order with any of his alleged victims, and an order not to be in either Spences Bridge or Ashcroft.

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