Police Report – Drunk driving, bad driving, driven to threats

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Driver identity

April 2 at 4:05 pm police were called to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C near the tailings pond. Logan Lake RCMP also attended. The driver, a 47 year old Prince George woman, said she lost control of the Oldsmobile sedan while trying to avoid hitting an animal. Neither the woman nor her 42 year old male passenger were seriously injured, but the car had to be towed for repairs. Witnesses later told police that they thought the male had been driving. The man, also from PG, is currently prohibited from driving.

Wanted a ride, or else

April 3 at 4:21 am police were advised of a 911 call from a 20 year old man from Kitscoty, Alta at Historic Hat Creek Ranch, who told the dispatcher that he needed a ride to Lillooet for work, and if he didn’t get one, he would burn the ranch down. He was told the RCMP did not provide a taxi service. He called 911 five more times, once saying he needed an ambulance because he had run into a pole and knocked himself out. The man also had earlier dealings with Kamloops Rural RCMP, who stopped because he had built a fire next to the highway just outside of Kamloops. The RCMP gave him a ride to Savona, and someone else had given him a ride to the Hwy 99 junction. He was arrested for threatening to set fire to the ranch, but said he didn’t mean it and never intended to. He complained about dizziness and headaches and was transported by ambulance back to Kamloops for a medical examination.

It flew away

April 5 at 9:30 am police received a report of possible light plane crash around Barnes Lake after a single engine plane was seen flying low over the lake. The complainant lost sight of it and her husband went out to look for it. He spoke to another neighbour who said that he’d seen it bank and fly away.

End of the line

April 6 at 1:20 pm police received a report of a possibly impaired driver in a westbound Lincoln sedan on Hwy 1. The complainant said the vehicle had no plates, was weaving all over the road and stopping randomly. Police located the vehicle in Cache Creek and spoke the the driver who smelled strongly of alcohol. The 30 year old Manitoba woman Failed the roadside sobriety test and was given a 90 day driving prohibition. Her vehicle was impounded for 30 days. She was also issued tickets for not having a valid Drivers License and for failing to display her license plates –  which had fallen off in an accident earlier in the day near Logan Lake. The same vehicle had been the subject of earlier complaints in Logan Lake and Kamloops.

Found a fight

April 7 at 8:30 pm police were called to a fight in the parking lot of the River Inn where one 22 year old man lay unconscious with obvious head wounds, and another 24 year old male stood nearby, also with visible injuries. The unconscious man woke up when the ambulance arrived and both were unco-operative with police. Witnesses said the two Ashcroft men were drunk and trying to start a fight. No suspect has been identified yet. The 22 year old required stitches.

Outside the law

April 8 at 3 pm police stopped a speeding 2008 Buick Enclave in Cache Creek near the Starhouse Restaurant. The 44 year old Fort St. James man was found to have been a prohibited driver – since 2009. The man said he didn’t fall under any statute, claiming to be protected by international law. Unfortunately for him, he was driving his vehicle on a public highway in excess of the speed limit. He was charged with driving while prohibited and his vehicle was impounded.

Having a good time

April 11 at 10:20 pm police were called to the Ashcroft Reserve after reports of an intoxicated 27 year old man causing a disturbance. He was kicked out of his girlfriend’s residence for his annoying behaviour and was located by police as a passenger on a dune buggy with two other male occupants. The dune buggy failed to stop for police twice, the second time with the men fleeing in different directions on foot and in the vehicle.

Police were called back to the Reserve at 11:15 pm after the original subject of the complaint had been injured in a fight. The 46 year old man responsible for the injuries said the 27 year old had taken a run at him, intending to start a fight, and he had to defend himself. The younger man was taken to the hospital with a possible dislocated shoulder, but refused treatment. He was transported to cells in Kamloops and released when sober.

Illegal garbage dumping

April 14 at 9 am police received a call from a third party, who reported that an Ashcroft woman had witnessed a dark-coloured pickup truck dumping garbage illegaly on Evans Rd. around the slough. The matter is under investigation.

A warm blanket

April 15 at 12:37 am police received a call from Chevron staff who were calling for a 41 year old hitchhiker of no fixed address. The man asked the attendant to call police to come and get him because he was intoxicated and had no money and nowhere to stay. Police spoke to the man, who was not intoxicated or causing a disturbance, and told him that they didn’t provide that type of service. Nugget Motel staff leant him a blanket for the night. He was on his way to Calgary the next morning.

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