Police Report – house fires and distracted driving

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Not enough room

May 30 at 9 am police were called to the Red Hills rest stop on Hwy 1 after a Freightliner towing a 53-foot trailer made too sharp a turn exiting the rest area and got partially stuck in the ditch, blocking most of the highway. A tow truck was called and a vehicle inspection done which revealed the axle was set to far back on the trailer, affecting the turning radius. A CVSE officer issued a violation ticket for the axle and ordered an inspection of the vehicle. The driver was a 58 year old man from Portland, Oregon. He was driving the truck from Alaska to Oregon.

Rebellious son

May 30 at 11 pm police were called to the parking lot of the Bear Claw in Cache Creek were a woman was arguing with a intoxicated male. The 40 year old Williams Lake woman was trying to convince her 23 year old son to return to Williams Lake with her. He eventually calmed down and agreed to accompany her.

Smoking is bad

June 1 at 8 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 99 near Morgan Rd. after a westbound Chevrolet Impala hit the rock face, causing heavy damage to the front and side of the car, making it undriveable. The driver, a 35 year old Cache Creek man, said he dropped his cigarette in his lap while driving and served into the rock face as he tried to fish it out. He suffered a small cut to his wrist and was served a ticket for driving without consideration.

Sudden death

June 1 at 6 pm police were called to attend a sudden death on a property along Hwy 97 after a 65 year old Ashcroft man was found deceased near a vehicle he was supposed to pick up. He appears to have died of natural causes.

Hit and run

June 3 police were advised of a hit and run on Lombardy Dr. in the Sage and Sands Trailer Park in Cache Creek. Around 12:40 am a black or dark coloured pickup with a lift backed into a 1981 Toyota pickup truck. Witnesses are asked to call the RCMP at 453-2261.

Words exchanged

June 4 at 3:30 pm police were called to a fight in progress on the Ashcroft Reserve between four or five adult men. The fight was over by the time police arrived, but four men were still present and advised police that they’d had an altercation with another group in a white Nissan pickup truck. The pickup was located and stopped on Hwy 97 north of Cache Creek. The three occupants denied being in a fight and said it was strictly verbal. They were all warned to stay away from each other.

The driver, a 63 year old Kamloops man, displayed symptoms of impairment and was given a sobriety test by a traffic services officer. He blew a Warn and was given a three-day driving suspension. His vehicle was towed to a friend’s house.

House fire in Ashcroft

June 5 at 4 pm police were called to assist the Ashcroft Fire Dept. with a house fire on Mesa Vista Dr. It appears that the homeowner was working on his boat in the carport when fuel from the boat caught on fire and spread quickly to the house where it did substantial damage. The exterior of the house next door was also damaged. No one but the 26 year old man was injured. He suffered second degree burns on his arms and upper body and was airlifted to Kamloops for immediate treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Assault with a chair

June 6 at 2:25 am police were called to an Ashcroft residence were an intoxicated 22 year old female had thrown a chair and then a bottle at her 23 year old boyfriend. He suffered cuts and bruises from the altercation. She was arrested and faces a charge of assault with a weapon.