Police Report – Under the influence, race against time

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Arrest warrant issued

March 4, 45 year old Link Gaetz from Delta failed to appear in court for a trial confirmation hearing regarding a 2012 assault in Cache Creek. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Burning truck

March 4 at 1 pm police were called to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 north of Cache Creek where the tires of a semi hauling a B-train of highly flammable hog fuel (treated woodchips) had caught on fire. The southbound truck was just outside of the fire suppression service. The driver, a 41 year old Kamloops man, tried unsuccessfully to use a fire extinguisher. The driver managed to unhook the trailers and drive the burning 2014 Western Star cab away from them. The cab was a writeoff. Overheated brakes are suspected.

Cocaine trucker

March 5 at 4 pm police were called to Husky after receiving a complaint about a possibly impaired truck driver. Police located the 2001 Freightliner car hauler and the driver, a 54 year old New Westminster man. The driver was hauling cars from Vancouver to Kamloops and stopped in Cache Creek to do some cocaine. No drugs were found on him, but he was given a 24 hour driving suspension and lodged in cells until sober. His company came and retrieved their truck.

Fire reported

March 5 at 5:45 pm police were notified by a passing motorist on Hwy 97 of a structure fire in 16 Mile. Police attended and discovered a controlled burn on a farm which was being monitored.

Money matters

March 6 at 11:30 am police were called to a downtown business in Ashcroft for a disburbance after an argument between a landlord and tenant over rent turned into a shoving match. The two 58 year old men agreed to part and keep the peace.

Not going to make it

March 7 at 10 am while on a routine patrol on Hwy 1 near Hat Creek Rd., an officer noted a northbound 2012 Dodge pickup travelling at 158 kph in the 100 kph zone.  The driver was given a ticket for excessive speed and his truck was impounded for seven days. The 50 year old Langley man said he was hurrying to get to his 12 year old daughter’s hockey tournament in Williams Lake. His daughter was also in the truck.

Goose hunting

March 7 at 2 pm police were called to Walhachin after receiving a complaint of gunshots heard. The officer located a hunter firing at geese in a safe manner. There were no charges.

Marijuana seized

March 7 at 9:30 pm Traffic Services stopped a vehicle on Hwy 1 near Spences Bridge. While dealing with the driver, a 34 year old Lytton man, the officer detected an odour of marijuana in the vehicle and subsequently seized 127 grams of marijuana. It was unknown whether it belonged to the driver or to his passenger, a 36 year old Lytton woman. No charges were laid.

Impaired driver

March 8 at 11:30 pm Traffic Services stopped a speeding southbound 2012 Dodge pickup on Hwy 97C at the Hwy 1 turnoff. While dealing with the driver, the officer detected an odour of liquor. The 23 year old Abbotsford man refused to blow into roadside testing equipment and was given an immediate 90 day roadside driving suspension. His truck was impounded for 30 days and he was given a ticket for having open liquor in his vehicle.

Dividing it up

March 9 at 10 am police attended a dispute on the Bonaparte Reserve between a couple in their early 20s. The two were in the midst of splitting up and were arguing over property. They were advised to find proof of ownership and sort it out between themselves.

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Ashcroft under Boil Water Notice

High turbidity levels in the Thompson River have prompted the notice

Prescribed burns to take place around Lytton, Spences Bridge

BC Wildfire Service will only conduct burns if conditions permit

Flooding hits Highway 97 north of Cache Creek

Recent warm temperatures are causing an increase in flooding on area roads

Elizabeth May feels people are looking at the Green Party with new eyes

Green Party leader is hoping for a breakthrough for her party in the October federal election

Cache Creek Softball Association gears up for another season

Organizers are looking for people of all ages from throughout the area

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

Search and rescue team helicopters injured climber from B.C. provincial park

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Trudeau in Vancouver to support Tamara Taggart at Liberal nomination event

The former broadcaster is seeking the nomination for the Vancouver Kingsway riding

Trudeau calls May 6 byelection for B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The riding opened up when Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January

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