Police Report – winter highways and hunting season

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft Detachment of the RCMP.

Animal remains reported

Nov. 25 police received a report of suspected human remains. Two hunters from the coast called RCMP to say they had located a pile of bones with a running shoe nearby it on Drinkwater Rd. near Spences Bridge. They took pictures of the bones, which were in an area not easily accessible, and forwarded them to police, who forwarded the pictures to anthropologists. A short time later the anthropologists confirmed that the bones were animal remains. It is unknown how the running shoe came to be there.

Empty, not abandoned

Nov. 25 at 4:30 pm police received a report of a possible abandoned vehicle parked near the entrance to Arrowstone Park just off Back Valley Rd. RCMP contacted the vehicle’s Registered Owner. The Vancouver woman said she lent the vehicle to her son, and he and two of his friends were hunting in the area. She phoned the Detachment the following day to say that she had been in contact with her son and all was well.

Vancouver speed

Nov. 26 at 7 pm police received a report of a southbound erratic driver on Hwy 97 by the Hwy 99 turnoff, who was travelling at well below the speed limit. The vehicle was not located but a check on the vehicle revealed a possible immigration warrant for the driver. The information was forwarded to Lytton RCMP who found and stopped the vehicle. The driver’s name and age were similar, but not the same as the individual wanted on the warrant. The 44 year old Vancouver man was warned about his driving and allowed to continue.

Ambulance assist

Nov. 26 at 9:30 pm RCMP were asked to assist BC Ambulance with a medical emergency on Western Ave. in Ashcroft because there was only one attendant available to answer the call.  A second ambulance was on its way from out of town. The female patient was mobile and easily walked to the ambulance with the assistance of the RCMP officer.

Single vehicle accident

Nov. 27 in the early morning, police were notified of a single vehicle accident on Hwy 99 about 7 km west of Hwy 97. The caller said he observed someone climing up the embankment. Police located the vehicle but there was no one else at the scene. They called the Registered Owner, a 32 year old Cache Creek man, who confirmed that he had slid off the road in icy conditions, and that a passing motorist had picked him up and driven him to work. He was not injured and there was no visible damage to the vehicle.

Smoking wheel

Nov. 28 at 3:30 pm police were notified by a passing motorists of a Greyound Bus on fire north of Cache Creek on Hwy 97. The caller said there were a group of people standing around outside the bus, which was on the shoulder but still partially on the highway. The passengers had been picked up by another bus before police arrived. It appears that one of the back wheels started smoking and there may not have been an actual fire. The tow truck operator changed the damaged tire before towing the bus into Cache Creek.

Checkstops

Dec. 5 is National Impaired Driving Day – one of five days in the year designated as such. Across Canada, as well as in the local area, RCMP will be conducting check stops and being watchful for signs of impaired driving.

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