Police Report – bear avoidance and roadside fires

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Utility trailer stolen

Sept. 17 at 3 pm RCMP received a report of the theft of a gray utility trailer parked behind the Dairy Queen in Cache Creek, some time between 9 pm the night before and 3 pm. The 2007 Sterling trailer had wood panels on it, and a BC plate UNJ 33S. The matter is still under investigation.

Any bed will do

Sept. 18 at 3:30 pm RCMP attended the hospital after a complaint of an intoxicated man refusing to leave. The 53 year old Cache Creek man was not in need of medical attention – he just wanted a bed. A full mickey of whisky was seized from him and he was given a ride home.

Fire in the ditch

Sept. 19 at 10:30 am while on routine patrol along Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek, an RCMP officer noticed a car pulled off by the side of the road with two men standing near what appeared to be a fire. The officer pulled over and discovered that the Kamloops men had stopped when they observed a small fire in the ditch. The three of them managed to extinguish it. It was speculated that it may have been started by a cigarette butt thrown from a passing vehicle.

Disturbing the family

Sept. 19 at 5 pm RCMP responded to a disturbance at a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve where the partner of an intoxicated 52 year old man didn’t want him in the house while he was in that state. The man agreed to stay with other family members until he was sober.

Burning rubber

Sept. 19 at 6 pm police received a complaint about an erratic driver on Hill St. in Ashcroft by the elementary school. The complaint stated that the black Pontiac Sunfire was speeding and squealing its tires. The car was located on the Mesa Vista, parked at a residence. The driver, a 21 year old Ashcroft man, told police that he missed a gear as he was driving the borrowed car and that’s why his tires squealed. He apologized for the disturbance.

Marijuana seized

Sept. 21 at midnight a Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle on Hwy 97 north of Cache Creek near 3 Mile Lake. The officer detected an odour of marijuana in the pickup truck and seized a container with 25 grams of marijuana in it. The driver and passengers, all from the Lower Mainland, were allowed to continue on their way.

Long way home without a car

Sept. 22 at 6 pm a Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle on Hwy 1 at the bottom of Jackass Mountain for excessive speed. The 2003 Mazda Protege was travelling at 145 kph in the 90 kph zone. The 23 year old Edmonton man was issued a ticket for excessive speed and his car was impounded for seven days.

Down but not out

Sept. 22 at 7:30 pm police were asked to help locate an 18 year old Cache Creek man who was reported to be depressed and possibly suicidal. The man was located on Stage Rd. and although he said he was fine, he was advised to seek a medical opinion the following day. He was given a ride home.

Bear pavement

Sept. 22 at 9:15 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 99 just west of the Hwy 97 turnoff. The driver, a 75 year old Cache Creek man, said he swerved to avoid hitting a bear on the road. Instead, he lost control on the gravelled shoulder and flipped into the ditch. The man was not injured, but his 2009 Volkswagen Jetta had to be towed.

Gas and dash

Sept. 23 at 10 the OK Stop in Ashcroft reported a gas and dash in the amount of $60. Police were told that the 27 year old Ashcroft man came into pay for his gas but didn’t have his wallet with him. Payment has since been made.

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