Police Report – bad drivers, worse roads

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Erratic driver caught

Dec. 20 at 1 pm police were forwarded a complaint about a southbound erratic driver on Hwy 97 in Clinton. The complainant provided a license plate and the 2004 Pontiac Sunfire was located in the Cache Creek area. The complainant said the driver, an 18 year old Vanderhoof man, was speeding – possibly in excess of 130 kph – and passing while unsafe. Tickets against the driver are pending.

Park and walk

Dec. 20 at 7 pm  police received a complaint of a possible intoxicated driver near the Cache Creek Elementary School. The 58 year old Ashcroft driver was located nearby and the officer noted the smell of liquor on the man’s breath. There was insufficient evidence to charge the driver for impaired operation, but the man agreed to park his car for the rest of the evening.

Impaired driver

Dec. 21 at 4:20 pm police received a complaint of a possible northbound impaired driver nearly causing a collision on Hwy 97 near Dairy Queen in Cache Creek. The complaint was forwarded to Clinton RCMP who located the vehicle there. The driver, a 46 year old Langley man, was deemed to be impaired and was given an immediate 90 day driving prohibition. His vehicle, a 1991 Plymouth Voyager, was impounded for a minimum of 30 days.

Scooter stolen

Dec. 22 police received a report from the OK Stop in Ashcroft that the owners’ two-wheeled motorized scooter had been stolen. Surveillance video showed that it had been stolen around midnight on the 20th. The video is being examined for further information, but police are asking that anyone knowing anything about the incident call them at 250-453-2216.

No snow tires

Dec. 22 at 3 pm police attended a single motor vehicle accident on Hwy 97 about 1 km north of the Bonaparte Reserve. The driver, a 47 year old man from Victoria, lost control of his 2001 Dodge Dakota on icy roads and hit the ditch, causing about $1,000 damage to his truck. He was not injured. The driver was given tickets for speeding relative to road conditions and for not having proper winter tires or chains.

Slip sliding away

Dec. 22 at 3:10 pm police attended a single motor vehicle accident on Hwy 97 just south of the Bonaparte Reserve after a 41 year old Vancouver woman driving a 2002 Accura lost control of her car on snowy roads and hit the ditch. Neither she nor her passenger were injured, but there was about $2,000 in damage to her car. She was given a ticket for speed relative to road conditions.

Truck-sized boom box

Dec. 22 at 8 pm police received a complaint of loud music coming from a residence on Government St. in Ashcroft. Police determined that the source of the noise was from a vehicle parked nearby. The owner, a 19 year old Ashcroft man, was enjoying the results of the new sound system he’d had installed in his truck. He was co-operative with police and turned down the volume.

Uninsured accident

Dec. 22 at 10 pm police attended a single motor vehicle accident on Hwy 1 about 2 km west of Juniper Beach Provincial Park when an eastbound 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control on a corner and went off the road and down a 50-foot embankment. Roads were snowy and slippery at the time. The driver, a 20 year old Fort St. John woman, and her passenger received minor injuries and were transported to Ashcroft hospital for examination. She was also issued tickets for driving an uninsured vehicle, for failing to register a vehicle, and for driving without due care. The vehicle was left to be towed for impound. – bad