Police Report – drivers get used to winter roads

Weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment

Walhachin man wanted

Nov. 12 at 10:30 am police received two warrants for the arrest of Charles Murphy Gairdner, 48 of Walhachin. He is asked to turn himself in to the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment. Gairdner failed to attend court to answer a charge of refusing to provide a breath sample, and of driving while suspended and breaching conditions which included not to be in the driver’s seat of a vehicle and to carry a copy of his conditions with him at all times.

Here’s your hat…

Nov. 12 at 2:48 pm police attended a domestic dispute at the request of a woman whose neighbour had called asking for help. The 21 year old Cache Creek woman said her 30 year old common law husband was throwing things around and yelling. Police arrived as the man was attempting to leave. They determined that no assault had taken place and that no one, including their three month old baby, had been injured. Nor was there any damage to their apartment as it was also determined that the only thing that he was throwing around were his clothes as he packed his bags with the purpose of leaving permanently. No charges were laid and he was allowed to leave.

Wild off-roading

Nov. 13 at 6:40 am police were called to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C on the Bar Q Hill where a southbound 2009 Ford Focus, heading towards Logan Lake, hit a no post and then black ice, causing the car to leave the highway and tumble down a 75-foot embankment where it ended up on its roof. The roads were sanded at the time, but still slippery, and the car had winter tires on it. The driver, a 55 year old Kamloops man, was taken to Kamloops’ hospital with minor injuries.

“Grandson” scam

Nov. 13 at 9:10 pm a 93 year old Ashcroft woman advised RCMP that she had received a suspicious phone call from a young man claiming to be her grandson and that he was in trouble and needed money. She said she gave the caller minimal information and then immediately phoned the police. She was advised that this is a well-known scam aimed at senior citizens.

Unfriendly house mates

Nov. 14 at 10 am a 42 year old Lillooet woman attended the Detachment to ask for assistance in retrieving her belongings from a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve where she had been living. She advised that another resident told her she would not be allowed back in. Police attended while she  gatherered her personal items without incident as the room mate in question was not there. The following day, the room mate, a 23 year old woman, called to complain that police had broken into her residence and that the Lillooet woman had taken some of her belongings. The Lillooet woman, however, had a key, and she entered with the permission of another resident, a 26 year old woman. She was advised to pursue the matter in court if she believed that a theft had taken place.

Swerved for deer

Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 by Wastech where a 32 year old Ashcroft man rolled his 1989 Chev Cavalier down the embankment after swerving for a deer. He was bleeding from the head and transported to Kamloops hospital for teatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Playing chicken

Nov. 15 at 1:30 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 at Juniper Beech where a westbound 2010 Honda Fit suddently cut across the oncoming lane of traffic, hit the shoulder and flipped twice, ending up on its roof. The driver, a 54 year old Vernon woman, had to be extracted from her car by Ashcroft Fire Dept. She was taken to Kamloops hospital for treament of lacerations to her head and complaining of back pain. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Just a scratch

Nov. 15 at 9:40 pm police attended a minor fender bender in the Chevron parking lot after a 23 year old Likely man, driving a Chev pickup, bumped into a parked Ford Taurus owned by a 63 year old Cache Creek woman. The woman insisted that the drivers wait until police arrived, which was an hour later, so that they could observe the damage. They had already exchanged information for insurance and were told there was nothing more that police could do.

A lesson in making threats

Nov. 15 at 6:10 pm police received a call from a 45 year old Kamloops woman who said that her 47 year old estranged husband had threatened her new boyfriend, saying that he would “teach the new man a lesson”. The husband was located at his Cache Creek residence and advised that he didn’t mean to harm anyone. He was warned to choose his words more carefully.

Missing Banff man

Nov. 15 at 8 pm police received a request from Banff RCMP to assist them in finding a missing man, 18 year old Justin Kobelitch. He was last seen in Surrey, but his debit card was used twice at the Royal Bank in Cache Creek on Nov. 13 around 4:14-4:30 am. Kobelitch was driving a Subaru Imprezza, but he may have left the area by now.

If I had a hammer…

Nov. 16 at 6:12 am police were notified of a single vehicle accident that  occurred on Hwy 1 somewhere around Cache Creek. The 37 year old North Vancouver man advised that he used a hammer to extricate himself from his Ford F-350 truck. The roads were icy and slippery at the time, but the man was not injured.

Snowy crash

Nov. 18 police were advised of a two vehicle accident that occured on the 16th on Barnes Lake Rd. near the YD Ranch after a 54 year old Ashcroft man driving his pickup on the snowy roads accidentally slid into a parked pickup owned by  33 year old Cache Creek man, causing about $6,000 damage. There were no injuries, but it was reported for ICBC.

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