Police Report – Falling houses and soft shoulders

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Smooth moves

Feb. 20 at 7:45 pm RCMP were called to a single vehicle accident just off the bridge on Brink St. by the highway after a 25 year old Ashcroft man lost control of his pickup as he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Brink and it went over the bank towards the river. His 21 year old girlfriend was taken to Kamloops hospital with minor injuries. Neither alcohol nor road conditions were a factor. No charges were laid.

Charger impounded

Feb. 22 at 2:25 am RCMP Traffic Services officer noticed a southbound Dodge Charger travelling at 89 kph through the 50 kph zone in Cache Creek. While the officer was watching, the car accelerated to 94 kph. The car was stopped and the 47 year old Kamloops driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed. Her car was impounded for seven days.

In and out of the ditch

Feb. 22 at 7:36 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 99 at Hat Creek Ranch after a 22 year old Revelstoke man lost control of eastbound his Nissan Pathfinder on the highway’s shoulder and drove it into a ditch. He suffered minor scratches and his vehicle had minor damaged. It was towed out of the ditch and he continued on his way.

Husband charged with assault

Feb. 23 at 1:34 pm police received a report of an assault that had taken place the night before. A 53 year old Ashcroft woman told police that her 62 year old husband had grabbed her by the collar and threatened to kill her. She scratched him on the face before fleeing the house. Police located the male inside the residence and arrested him. He told police that she attacked him. He was arrested and charged with assault.

Dog hit by BB pellet

Feb. 23 at 5:27 pm a 28 year old resident of the Ashcroft Reserve reported that her dog had been injured after someone shot at it. Police attended and found a minor wound on the dog that may have been caused by a BB gun. A 23 year old man was questioned but denied involvement. The complainant was advised to keep her dogs at home, either secured in her house or in her yard.

Wasn’t that a party?

Feb. 23 at 8:30 pm RCMP observed a young man in the mezzanine area of the Ashcroft arena during the Willie Porter Memorial Tournament who they knew was under court conditions to not be consuming alcohol. The 25 year old Cache Creek was was arrested and charged with failing to comply with probation. He was held in custody overnight.

At 10:27 pm police were called to the arena for an extremely intoxicated patron. They found the 22 year old Ashcroft man passed out and covered in his own vomit. He was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in police cell – right next to his younger brother.

24 hour suspension

Feb. 24 at 12:05 am a Traffic Services officer stopped a Jeep Wrangler on Government St. in Ashcroft. The driver, a 26 year old Logan Lake woman, smelled of alcohol and marijuana. She was issued a 24 hour driving suspension.

Truck drives into ditch

Feb. 25 at 8:15 pm police attended a single vehicle accident about 1 km east of Cache Creek on Hwy 1 after an eastbound tractor trailer hauling plywood drifted into the ditch. The driver, a 30 year old Abbotsford man, denied falling asleep but could provide no explanation. There were no injuries. He was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

Verbal abuse and more

Feb. 25 at 11:15 pm police received a report of an assault by a 36 year old Cache Creek woman who said that her 38 year old boyfriend had verbally abused her in their motel room and then pushed her into a chair. She didn’t mention her black eye, but both parties were heavily intoxicated at the time. The male was located and arrested, charged with assault.

Vehicle fire extinguished

Feb. 26 at 6:30 am police were called to a vehicle file in the parking lot behind the Shell station in Cache Creek. The Cache Creek driver advised that he had left his vehicle parked there overnight. The fire began under the hood when he started it in the morning. He was able to put it out, however, with little damage to the vehicle and no injuries.

House dropped on highway

Feb. 27 at 9:30 pm police attended to a report that a house had fallen onto the highway at the main junction in Cache Creek after a tractor trailer hauling half of a mobile home dumped the structure while making a right turn off of Hwy 1 onto Hwy 97. The truck was heading north after leaving Kamloops. Investigators determined that the structure had been poorly loaded onto the flatbed and the 62 year truck driver from Kamloops was issued a ticket for an insecure load. A 100 tonne Stirling crane was called from Kamloops to pick up the structure. It was operated for former Cache Creek resident Mike Rorison, who also used the crane to clean up the load of lumber spilled on Hwy 1 on the 25th after the lumber truck went into the ditch. The highway was closed while the house was lifted and moved to Chanors yard.

Not drunk, just distracted

March 2 at 11:10 pm a Traffic Services officer on Hwy 97 at the Dusty Rose Pub (70 Mile) observed a white pickup backing out of a parking stall while spinning its tires on the icy surface. The driver lost control of the truck and ended up in a snowbank. The officer watched as the pickup rocked back and forth until it was free from the snowbank and then turned onto the West Bonaparte Rd. The officer followed, observing as the pickup weaved over the lines, and finally stopping the vehicle. The 24 year old Mission driver advised police that the erratic driving was not because he was drunk, but because he was talking on his cell phone. He was issued a 30 day vehicle impound, a 90 day driving suspension and a ticket for driving contrary to his “New” license which said he could only have one passenger instead of the five that he had.

A howling good birthday

March 2 near midnight, police were called to the Ashcroft Arena, which was hosting the annual Beer Belly Tournament, to deal with a highly intoxicated man who was howling in the stands. The 54 year old man was located in the mezzanine area and turned over to the care of his sober friends to be taken home. He was upset that his birthday celebration had come to an abrupt halt.

Ambulance escort to cells

March 4 at 5:23 pm a 53 year old Cache Creek man called for an ambulance to take him to the Ashcroft hospital. Ambulance attendants found him and transported him, but the doctor on call could find nothing wrong other than that he was very intoxicated. The RCMP were called to come and get him. He was arrested for being drunk in a public place and spent the rest of the night lodged in cells.

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