Police Report – making music, led astray by the GPS

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Motorcycle madness

Aug. 23 at 8:30 am a Traffic Services members stopped a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle on Hwy 99 as it was travelling 134 kph in the 80 kph zone. The 30 year old driver from London, Ont. was given a ticket for excessive speed and his bike was impounded for seven days.

Time out called

Aug. 23 at 8:30 pm police were called to a Cache Creek apartment where aa young couple were having a loud argument. There was no violence involved and both parties were co-operative with police. The young women left the apartment to stay with her parents in Ashcroft.

Car versus horse

Aug. 24 at 10 pm police received a report of a single vehicle accident involving a car and a horse on Goble Frontage Rd. just off Hwy 97 by Maiden Creek. The driver, a 52 year old woman from Pasco, Washington, was not injured and the horse walked away with a slight limp. Both were gone by the time police arrived. The vehicle suffered minor damage and the horse’s owner reported that his steed suffered minor scrapes.

Drunk family members

Aug. 25 at 1:30 am police were called to assist a 27 year old Cache Creek woman in dealing with her intoxicaated 22 year old brother who was causing problems inside her home. He was gone before police arrived and was no located. No further problems were reported.

Trailer and ATV stolen

Aug. 26 a Cache Creek resident reported the theft of a white flatdeck trailer and  custom-modified red Honda 1995 five-wheeled ATV. An exacmination of the scene showed that the thief towed the trailer with the ATV on board from the owner’s yard on Quartz Rd., down to Hwy 97 and headed north. Clinton RCMP were notified, but neither the trailer nor the ATV were located. The matter is still under investigation.

Excessive speed

Aug. 26 at 3:50 pm a Traffic Services member stopped a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire on Hwy 1 south of Lytton for driving at 125 kph in an 80 kph zone. The 20 year old Prince George man was given a ticket for excessive speed and his car was impounded for seven days.

Banjo on his knee

Aug. 26 at 7 pm a Traffic Services member driving on Hwy 1 near Lytton  passed a transport truck and saw something so unbelievable that he had to go back for another look. A second pass confirmed that the driver was playing a banjo while driving the truck. The truck was pulled over and the driver, a 58 year old man from Buffalo Creek, was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention. The ticket comes with a $368 pricetag.

Lost cell phone returned

Aug. 27 at 9 am  a cell phone found on Railway Ave. was turned in to the RCMP Detachment. Police found the owner’s phone number stored in the cell phone’s memory and called the 58 year old Osoyoos woman who was visiting in Cache Creek.

Blood on the tracks

Aug. 27 at 8 pm police received a report of a possible accident at the southern CPR crossing in Ashcroft where a bloody sock was found, with droplets of blood nearby. Police searched the scene and found no further evidence of an accident.

Loud argument

Aug. 28 just after midnight police were called to a domestic disturbance on the Ashcroft Reserve where a couple were engaged in a lively argument. They had finished by the time RCMP arrived. Police determined that there was no violence involved, but a 25 year old man agreed to stay at a relative’s home for the rest of the night.

Speeding Frontier

Aug. 28 at 3:10 pm a Traffic Services officer stopped a Nissan Frontier on Hwy 99 near the Graymont plant for driving at 135 kph in the 80 kph zone. The 35 year old Coquitlam man was given a ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Dogs on the loose

Aug. 28 at 8:30 am police received a complaint of three aggressive loose dogs roaming Tingley St. The complainant reported that one of the dogs, a St. Bernard, had attacked a Border Collie in its own yard. The collie was not seriously injured. The investigation was turned over to Ashcrofts Animal Control Officer.

GPS made her do it

Aug. 28 at 5 pm police were called to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99 near Hat Creek Ranch after a westbound 2007 Honda Odyssey attempting a U-turn was clipped by a dump truck. No one was injured. The driver of the Odyssey, a 51 year old Port Alberni woman, was following GPS instructions to get to Vancouver. She said first it told her to turn onto Hwy 99 from Hwy 97, and then it told her to turn around and go back. She was issued a ticket for making an unsafe U-turn and her vehicle was towed for repairs. The dump truck was undamaged.

Police say this is a common problem with southbound traffic relying on GPS to get them to Vancouver because Hwy 99 is full of curves, which, at certain points, takes the driver further away from Vancouver. At those points the GPS re-directs them back to Hwy 97 towards the Fraser Canyon, which it deems closer to Vancouver.

High price for speeding

Aug. 29 at 9 am a Traffic Services officer stopped a GMC pickup on Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge for driving at 115 kph in the 70 kph zone. The Surey man was given a ticket for excessive speed and his truck was impounded for seven days.

At 11:50 am a Jeep Cherokee was stopped on Hwy 1 near Lytton for travelling at 122 kph in the 70 kph zone. The 30 year old Vancouver man was issued a ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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