Police Report – Bad weather accidents

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft Detachment of the RCMP.

  • Jan. 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.

You snooze, you lose

Dec. 16 at 4:30 am acting on a tip from a member of the public, police checked on a vehicle parked behind the Lordco store in Cache Creek. The 2001 Pontiac Sunfire had been reported stolen in Chilliwack two days earlier and had Alberta plates that didn’t belong to it. In the car was a 55 year old Fort St. John man, fast asleep in the driver’s seat. He was woken and charged with possession of stolen property, with a court appearance set for February.

Defective truck towed

Dec. 17 at 10 am a Traffic Services officer pulled over a Dodge pickup for defects south of Cache Creek. The driver, a 19 year old Ashcroft man, had previously been ordered for inspection but the owner hadn’t followed through with it. The license plates were seized and the truck was towed. The driver was issued a ticket for failing to comply.

Drinking in public

Dec. 19 at 10:30 am police were called to the Cache Creek Recreation Park were two adults were consuming hard liquor near the playground. The 18 year old man and 19 year old woman, both from Cache Creek, were located and their 26 oz. bottle of vodka was seized. They were both issued tickets for consuming alcohol in a public place.

Dangerous driver

Dec. 20 at 5 pm police were called to a collision on Hwy 1 near the Ashcroft Band’s Esso station. The driver of a Ford F150 said she was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle that connected with her side view mirror. No description was taken of the other vehicle.

Before police had departed from the scene they were flagged down in the Esso’s parking lot by a man who indicated that he was driving the vehicle responsible for the accident. He also appeared to be impaired and admitted to smoking hash. Then he began yelling and swearing and rolling around on the ground. He was arrested for causing a disturbance and cleared by BC Ambulance for any medical issues. Some drug paraphernalia was seized from his truck. It was found as well that the 40 year old man from Lower Nicola had three outstanding arrest warrants filed against him out of Kamloops for driving without due care, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and theft under $5,000. He was issued a ticket for driving without consideration and transported to Kamloops to answer to the outstanding warrants.

A little added excitement

Dec. 21 at 1 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C where a Honda Odyssey with a trailer jackknifed and landed in the ditch. Neither the 21 year old Logan Lake driver nor his passenger were injured. The vehicle was pulled from the ditch and they carried on their way.

Stolen pipe returned

Dec. 21 at 5:10 pm staff at the OK Stop in Ashcroft reported the theft of a water pipe worth about $70. The pipe was returned later in the day (unused) by a 21 year old Ashcroft man who said he thought his gramma had paid for it. No charges were laid, but he was told not to come into the store again.

Dangerous road conditions

Dec. 22 at 4:30 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 near Oregon Jack Hill after a CN employee lost control of his company’s Ford F250 on slippery roads. The truck suffered severe damage and the driver, a 28 year old Kamloops man, was taken to RIH by a friend for treatment of what turned out to be minor injuries.

Verbal abuse

Dec. 25 at 3 pm police were called after a man out walking his dog on Brink St. in Ashcroft was confronted by another man on the sidewalk who was yelling and screaming and threatening to kill the man walking his dog. The Ashcroft man was located and identified as someone with a mental ilness. There were no charges but mental health workers were notified.

Passing unsafely

Dec. 27 at 2:15 pm police received a complaint of vehicle passing unsafely on the highway, last seen near the Husky in Cache Creek. The 2005 Nissan Ultima was located coming out of the Husky parking lot as police arrived and the 26 year old Langley man was issued a ticket for passing while unsafe.

Flipped on the highway

Jan. 1 at 12:23 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97 near the Hwy 99 turnoff where a Ford F150 was laying on its side in the middle of the  highway. The driver, a 29 year old Parksville man, said he was driving north when a passing vehicle cut him off. In trying to avoid a collision, he lost control of his truck and hit the ditch, flipping over back on the highway. The vehicle responsible did not stop and there was no description taken. The driver was not injured but his pickup had to be towed.

Rally car in the ditch

Jan. 3 at 10:50 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 north of Cornwall Rd. after a vehicle had rolled off the highway and into the ditch. The driver had left the scene but was contacted and advised that he had lost control on slippery roads. The 18 year old Terrace man was not injured. His 2003 Acura RSX had to be towed.

Could have been worse

Jan. 4 at 10:30 am police attended a multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 1 near Cornwall Rd. after a Toyota HiLux driven by a 25 year old Abbotsford man lost control while passing and was t-boned by a Honda Sonata driven by a 24 year old Lytton man. The southbound Abbotsford man had pulled around another vehicle in front of him who was pulling over to the side of the road. He lost control on the icy highway and was spun around sideways into the oncoming lane. He was struck at low speed by the Sonata that had just pulled off of Cornwall Rd. There were no injuries.

Following too close

Jan. 4 at 11:30 am  Traffic Services attended Hwy 1 near Cornwall Rd. again after a Honda Civic rear-ended a GMC Envoy as it stopped to accommodate the previous collision. The Civic’s driver, a 43 year old Lillooet man, was issued a ticket for following too closely. He was also taken to the hospital for potential chest injuries. The driver of the Envoy, a 58 year old Maple Ridge man, was not injured.

Ditch run

Jan. 4 at 12:20 pm Traffic Services attended  a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 by Cornwall Rd. when a 1999 Jeep Cherokee hit the ditch on the slippery roads near the previous accident scenes. The driver, a 49 year old Pitt Meadows man, and his family were not injured and the vehicle was driveable after it was pulled from the ditch.

Found gloves

Jan. 5 a pair of ladies leather gloves were found lying in the middle of Elm St. in Ashcroft. The owner may pick them up at the RCMP Detachment.