Police Report – cows and winter tires

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Driver not impaired

Oct. 16 at 3:30 pm police received a report of a possible southbound impaired driver on Hwy 97 heading towards Cache Creek. The vehicle was located and stopped just south of Cache Creek and the 72 year old Vancouver driver was questioned. He was not impaired but had possibly been nodding off as he drove his pickup and camper, pulling a Suzuki Sidekick. The man was given a verbal warning to be more attentive while driving.

Parking lot bust

Oct. 16 at 4 pm Traffic Services pulled a vehicle over in the Clinton Liquor Store’s parking lot after the officer recognized a prohibited driver behind the wheel. The 56 year old Clinton man was arrested and charged with driving while prohibited. His Ford Explorer was towed.

Prohibition served

Oct. 17 at 4 pm Traffic Services witnessed a westbound vehicle on Hwy 99 travelling at 111 kph in the 90 kph zone. The driver was flagged to be served with a four month prohibition notice from ICBC, and was so served. The 25 year old Williams Lake man was also issued a ticket for speeding and his 1987 Pontiac Firebird was impounded.

Too much truck

Oct. 19 at 11:30 am Traffic Services stopped a northbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed on Hwy 1 just south of Cache Creek, travelling at 148 kph in the 100 kph zone. The 30 year old Maple Ridge driver was given a ticket for excessive speed and his 2013 GMC Sierra pickup truck was impounded for seven days.

Still learning

Oct. 19 at 7 pm police attended a single vehicle accident involving a 2011 Honda CRV and a deer on Hwy 97 near 16 Mile. The 18 year old Williams Lake man had a Learner’s license but no adult supervisor in the vehicle with him and he was issued a ticket for driving contrary to the restrictions on his license. He was not injured but his father’s vehicle had significant damage and was towed. The dear was deceased.

Lost Abbotsford hunter

Oct. 19 at 11:30 pm police received a report of a lost hunter in the area of Veasy Lake Forest Service Rd. off Hwy 99 by Lower Hat Creek. The young Abbotsford man failed to meet up with his hunting party at 6 pm, and was last seen at 4:30 pm. He was described as inexperienced in the woods and wearing light clothing. A search and rescue was initiated right away. He was found the following morning at around 8:30 am by the RCMP dog service by Allen Creek, off Hwy 97. The 23 year old Abbotsford man was cold and hungry but otherwise in good condition.

Winter tire season

Oct. 20 at 10:20 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C west of the woods Creek Forest Service Rd. after a westbound pickup truck lost control on a corner and went off road to the left, hitting the ditch and rolling over on its side, and then tipping back onto its wheels. An inspection of the truck showed that it was still using all-season tires, contrary to winter tire requirements on highways as of Oct. 1. The driver, a 78 year old Summerland man, and his 68 year old wife, were transported to Kamloops with minor injuries. The driver was issued a tire for not having proper tires on his truck.

Hot car, cold highway

Oct. 21 police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 south of Ashcroft after a northbound car lost control and went off road to the left. There were no injuries to the driver, a 55 year old man from Whitby, Ont., and minor damage to his 2003 Fort Mustang which was equipped with winter tires. The vehicle was towed for repairs. No changes were laid.

Cows on road

Oct. 21 at 3 pm police received a complaint of cows on Hwy 97C near Barnes Lake Rd. Police located six cows on the road and shooed them off with the police siren. The owner was contacted and informed.

Truck and cow collide

Oct. 22 at 7:20 pm police received a complaint of a cow standing in the middle of Hwy 1 by Juniper Beach park. Police attended but did not locate the cow.

At 10 pm they received another report of a single vehicle accident involving a cow and a westbound Ford F350 hauling a trailer near the Christian Ranch. The cow was deceased when police arrived, but the driver, a 60 year old woman from 70 Mile House, indicated that she saw several more loose cows on the highway. She was uninjured, but her truck received a significant amount of damage and was towed for repairs. A nearby rancher was contacted to assist with rounding up the cows.

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