Police Report – bad drivers and weirder hitchhikers

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Too drunk to wear a seatbelt

Aug. 26 at 1:43 pm Traffic Services observed a white pickup truck on Main St. in Lytton whose driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The officer could smell liquor on the 48 year old Lytton man’s breath. He Failed a roadside sobriety test twice and was given a 90 day driving prohibition and a warning for not wearing a seatbelt.

License taken from bad driver

Aug. 16 at 2:30 pm Ashcroft General Duty and Traffic Services RCMP responded to a possible impaired driver at the intersection of hwys 97 and 99 after she nearly ran over construction workers and came to a skidding halt on the plastic road cones. The 59 year old Lillooet woman displayed no signs of impairment. She was issued a ticket for driving Without Due Care and Attention. Officers followed her after she left to observe her driving and observed her weaving into the oncoming lane. She was stopped again and the Traffic Services officer seized her license. The Superintendent of Motor Vehicles has been requested to review her license.

Trying to help

Aug. 26 at 4 pm police received a complaint from a 60 year old Ashcroft man that a 26 year old Ashcroft man was causing a disturbance and refusing to leave a residence in Ashcroft. The complainant was calling on behalf of his ex-wife. When contacted, she told police that he was welcome to stay at the residence.

Weird hitchhiker

Aug. 26 at 8:07 pm a 57 year old Williams Lake truck driver called police after arriving at the Husky in Cache Creek to say that he’d picked up a female hitchhiker in Chiliwack who appeared confused and disoriented. He told the attending officer that she got “wierder” as the night went on, staring at him and not answering his questions. The officer spoke to the 32 year old woman of no fixed address, who stated that she was travelling from Calgary to Vancouver Island. She was unco-operative and also refused medical assistance, saying she just wanted to go to Vancouver Island. She was allowed to leave on her own.

Quick trip to the hospital

Aug. 27 at 2:10 pm a Traffic Services officer observed a Pontiac Sunfire emerge onto Hwy 1 from Old Cariboo Rd. by the Starhouse Restaurant without stopping at the stop sign. The vehicle was pulled over and the 41 year old woman was found to be a Vehicle Impound Candidate. She was issued tickets for driving without a Drivers License, failing to stop at the stop sign, and failing to change her address on her insurance. As she was driving her mother to the hospital for a sore shoulder, her vehicle was impounded after the trip to the hospital.

All over the road

Aug. 27 at 4:55 pm police received a complaint about a red Dodge Caravan on Hwy 97 that was “all over the road and passing unsafely”. Clinton RCMP were notified and located the vehicle in Clinton. The 49 year old Lone Butte man was advised of the complaint and issued a ticket for not being able to produce a Drivers License.

Tricked into signing over trailer

Aug. 27 at 6:43 pm a 75 year old Ashcroft woman complained that family members has attended her residence and tricked her into signing over her trailer, telling her she would no longer have to pay taxes on it and giving her $2,000. She said her son, one of  the subjects of complaint, lived in the trailer and that she considered it his. The matter is still under investigation, but is likely to be determined a civil matter.

Hit and run

Aug. 27 at 9:49 pm police received a report that a BC ambulance had backed into a 1998 Dodge pickup at the River Inn, causing minor damage to both vehicles. The ambulance was transporting a male in cardiac arrest and left the scene immediately. The 49 year old Ashcroft woman who reported it said she wouldn’t be filing an ICBC claim.

Not a drug dealer

Aug. 28 at 3:54 pm a 70 year old Cache Creek man called to complain that he had been wrongly accused of dealing drugs, although he would not say who was accusing him. He wanted police to know that any reports that he had been dealing in drugs were lies. Police said they had received no such reports.

Too drunk to stand

Aug. 28 at 11:50 police were called to the main intersection in Cache Creek where the complaintant had observed a woman yelling and then laying down. Officers attended and located a 56 year old Cache Creek woman in the same area, yelling and slurring her words, with her clothes in disarray. She was arrested for causing a disturbance. BC ambulance was called because she could not stand up. She was cleared by the ambulance attendants and lodged in cells until sober.

Unneighbourly neighbours

Aug. 29 at 3:12 pm police received a complaint from a 70 year old guest at the Sundowner Motel in Cache Creek that he had been threatened by a couple in another room. Police attended and questioned the complainant, who was intoxicated and couldn’t remember what the threat was. The 60 year old man and 51 year old woman, subject of the complaint, said the complainant was always harassing them and they were moving back to Kamloops.

Breach of probation

Aug. 31 at 12:15 am police checked on a 26 year old Cache Creek man on curfew as part of his probation for break and enter and mischief. The man wasn’t at home and his probation officer in Kamloops was notified.


Sept. 1 at 4:42 pm police were notified of a large bear near the residences at the Ashcroft Manor. The bear was becoming a regular visitor and the caller wanted it relocated. They were advised that police dispatch nuisance bears with a rifle; they should call the local Conservation Officer if they wanted to discuss relocation options.

Water cut off

Sept. 1 at 6:15 pm police were called by a 67 year old woman in Thompson River Estates who complained that a neighbour had shut off her water. RCMP spoke to the neighbour who advised that the water for his and several nearby properties was controlled by a pump on his property. None of the neighbours were helping to pay for the associated costs of operating the pump, so he turned it off. The woman was advised that it was a civil matter.