Police Report – road checks and impatient drivers

From the weekly crime blotter of the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Unwanted traveller

Oct. 4 at 9 pm Clinton RCMP contacted the Ashcroft Detachment regarding a report that a pickup truck on Hwy 97 had hit a traffic cone in a construction zone and was dragging it under the vehicle. The truck was located just north of Cache Creek by Ashcroft RCMP. The 25 year old Kelowna man was unaware that he had the rubber pylon stuck under his truck. The officer detected a mild odour of liquor on his breath and administered a roadside sobriety test, which gave him a Warn. He was given a 24 hour driving suspension. A sober passenger was allowed to continue driving the truck.

Weekend traffic check

Oct. 5 a large contingent of Traffic Service officers from Ashcroft, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Clinton, the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE), Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resources staged a road check on Hwy 97 in 70 Mile by the construction zone at Cunningham Rd. A large number of vehicles were checked and several charges laid under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Criminal Code. Prohibited drivers were discovered, almost a pound of marijuana was seized, several 24 hour suspensions were issued.

Excessive speeding tickets were also issued: One went to a 59 year old man from Gabriola Island who was driving his Mazda 6 at 125 kph through a 50 kph construction zone. He was issued a ticket for excessive speed and his car was impounded for seven days.

Loose wheel travels

Oct. 5 at 2:45 pm police attended a collision at the Chevron between a loose wheel and a transport truck. The wheel fell out of the back of a pickup truck and damaged the fender and grill of the larger truck. The driver of the pickup, a 53 year old Cache Creek woman, was issued a ticket for having an insecure load.

RCMP taxi not available

Oct. 6 at 6:43 am police received a call from a woman in Ashcroft who advised that she needed them to driver her into Cache Creek because she was having an argument with her boyfriend and didn’t feel safe. Police attended after dealing with another matter, but the female was no longer there. After calling the RCMP, she called BCAS and reported not feeling well. When the ambulance arrived, she refused treatment and wanted to be transported to the Ashcroft hospital. The woman is known to the police and will be warned about making public mischief complaints.

Hunters spotted in park

Oct. 6 at 8:30 am police received a complaint of two men walking through Juniper Beach Provincial Park with rifles. The men were associated with a gray Dodge camper van parked on the hill. The men were not located but the area Conservation Officer was notified.

Minivan goes for joy ride

Oct. 6 at 1:30 pm police were notified of an abandoned mini van that was sitting at the bottom of an embankment just off the road leading to the Cache Creek airstrip. The Registered Owner was contacted and advised that she had left it at a pullout on Hwy 1 the day before, somewhere between the Big Sky gas station and Cache Creek, after it developed mechanical problems. The windows were smashed but it was still driveable.

No license, no wheels

Oct. 6 a Traffic Service officer stopped  a speeding vehicle on Hwy 1 near Back Valley Rd.. The driver, a 21 year old Kamloops man, did not have a Drivers License. He was issued tickets for speeding and driving without a license. The vehicle, which belonged to his passenger, was impounded for seven days.

Hunting season

Oct. 6 Traffic Services conducted a roack check on Hwy 97 at the north end of Cache Creek. Several charges were laid under the Motor Vehicle Act, and three out of town vehicles were towed for having no insurance.

Easy catch

Oct. 7 at 5 pm a patrol just leaving the Detachment noticed a vehicle coming down Hwy 97C at a high rate of speed. The car was travelling at 119 kph in the 60 kph zone. The vehicle was stopped and the Williams Lake driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed. His vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Impatient drivers

Oct. 8 Ashcroft’s Traffic Services officers conducted a road check on Hwy 1 in the Lytton area. Numerous speeding tickets were handed out on Thanksgiving Day, including nine for excessive speed. All were heading south. Traffic was heavy and bumper to bumper for the most part, but the fastest excessive speeder managed to reach 62 kph over the speed limit.

Bear season

Oct. 10 at 8 am police received a report of a bear in a backyard on Bancroft St. in Ashcroft. The complainant advised that the bear had damaged her fence – again. Police could not locate the bear, but notified the area Conservation Officer.