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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