Police Repot – Downed power line starts grass fire

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Truck runs into bridge

March 26 at 2:40 am police were called to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97C at the north end of the Ashcroft bridge where the driver of a southbound Ford Ranger lost control coming down the hill and struck an abutment, destroying the front end of the truck. The 19 year old Ashcroft man was wearing his seatbelt at the time and suffered no serious injuries. The driver was still at the scene of the accident and an odour of liquor was detected on his breath. He was administered a roadside sobriety test and blew a Warn for which he was given a three-day immediate driving suspension.

Police attend eviction notice

March 26 at 11:50 am police attended the Nugget motel at the request of the manager while he served eviction notices to two of the residents. The manager felt threatened but everything was fairly peaceful.

Deer killed

March 26 at 11:55 am police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 just west of Juniper Beach for a deer collision. The 50 year old Williams Lake woman suffered no injuries but the deer had to be put down. Her Toyota Tacoma had moderate damage.

Arguing room mates

March 26 at 4 pm police were called to a Cache Creek residence after an argument between room mates, a 56 year old woman and a 35 year old male, got physical as one of the parties was speaking and gesturing and accidentally made contact with the other’s nose. A witness confirmed that it was unintentional. No charges laid.

Abandoned truck damaged

March 27 at 6:15 pm police received a call regarding a vehicle parked behind the Tingley St. apartments that had been damaged. Police attended and noted that all of the windows had been smashed in the vehicle. A check with ICBC showed that the vehicle hadn’t been registered for five years, but the last known owner, a 60 year old Victoria man, was notified. He is also the property’s owner.

No signs of injury

March 27 at 9:30 pm police received an abandoned 911 call from a public pay phone in Cache Creek near the Grubstake. Police located the caller by the phone who reported an assault at the Nugget motel. The 31 year old man, himself a resident of the Nugget, said the assault arose from an argument between the motel’s manager and another tenant, a 60 year old woman. The woman was taken to the hospital for examination but showed no signs of injury. An investigation was unable to establish who instigated the argument. Both tenants had been served with eviction notices the day before.

Tired and hungry

March 28 at 2 pm police were called to an open area to the north of the Sandman Inn where a transient male was sleeping and refused to leave. The 53 year old Vernon man was located and appeared somewhat confsed, but indicated he was travelling from Vernon to Vancouver. He had no money and no food. He was taken to the hospital for a checkup and released.

The following afternoon at 1:30 pm police were called by hospital staff because the same man was sleeping on the grass in front of the hospital. He had been assessed the night before and found all right, fed and released. There was no medical reason to admit him. He was offered, and accepted, a ride back to the highway to continue his trip to the coast.

Early morning assault

March 30 at 5:55 am a 32 year old Ashcroft man used the Detachment’s public phone to report that he had been assaulted in his residence by one of his drinking guests. He was taken to the hospital and treated for minor head wounds and released. He did not wish to pursue charges.

Grass fire in town

March 30 at 4:15 pm police assisted the Ashcroft Fire Dept. with traffic control while they tended to a grass fire that had been caused by a downed power line near the Mesa Vista trailer park. Winds were blowing strongly in the area at the time. Police assisted until BC Hydro arrived.

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