Robson Valley RCMP report: Impaired drivers, icy roads and stuck in the mud

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Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On November 10, 2014 Valemount RCMP received a report of an overdue male. The male was located on West Canoe FSR stuck in the mud which was now frozen. Police assisted the male in getting unstuck and he was able to drive home.

On November 11, 2014 a purse was turned into Valemount RCMP, the female was located and the purse was returned to her.

On November 12, 2014 Valemount RCMP were notified of a theft from a vehicle overnight on 5th Avenue. 5 saws were stolen from the bed of a pick-up truck. The saws were chained down, but stolen none the less. Anyone with information can contact the local RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On November 12, 2014 Valemount RCMP responded to a hit and run that occurred overnight at the Lions Hall. An ice machine was knocked over by a vehicle and damaged. The matter is still under investigation.

On November 12, 2014 McBride RCMP received a report of poacher on Hinkleman Rd. Police attended and the vehicle was intercepted. A 23 year old North Vancouver male had his hunting licence seized and was issued several violation tickets under the Wildlife Act.

On November 13, 2014 McBride RCMP attended a disturbance where 2 intoxicated males had been arguing and possible threats were uttered. No criminal charges were substantiated. Both males, now at home, were very severely intoxicated and told to sleep it off.

On November 14, 2014 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding. The driver, a 36 year old Nanaimo male, showed signs of impairment and provided a breath sample into a road side screening device resulting in a FAIL reading. The driver was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and fine and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

On November 14, 2014 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle for excessive speed after it was tracked at 155 km/h just north of Valemount. The 25 year old male driver from Nanaimo was issued a VT for excessive speeding and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

On November 15, 2014 McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it overtook an unmarked police vehicle at a high rate of speed. An odour of marihuana was detected in the vehicle and the driver, a 47 year old female from Prince George, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A small amount of marihuana was seized from the vehicle along with an open alcohol container. The female, who also smelled of liquor, failed a road side screening device and was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and fine and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The female was also issued violation tickets for open liquor and unsafe passing.

On November 16, 2014 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed flashing the high beam lights repeatedly. Police attempted to stop the vehicle which continued driving to a residential address. The driver, a 47 year old Valemount female, showed signs of impairment and provided a breath sample into a road side screening device resulting in a FAIL reading. The driver was issued a 90 day driving prohibition and fine and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

On November 16, 2014 Valemount RCMP were conducted a Counter Attack Road Check when a vehicle approached very slowly. An odour of marihuana was detected in the vehicle and the driver, a 50 year old male from Valemount, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A small amount of marihuana was seized from the vehicle and the driver was issued a 24 hour driving prohibition as a result of smoking marihuana.

Over the past week both Valemount and McBride RCMP have been conducting Counter Attack Road Checks. Police will continue to set up road checks at different locations and times through the new year. If you are planning on drinking this holiday season please make arrangements for a designated driver or call a taxi.

In the early hours of Monday November 17th the Valemount RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover collision on Highway 5 near the Allen Creek snowmobile parking lot. The driver of the pickup truck appeared to have fallen asleep and crossed the center line and hit the south bound shoulder before over correcting which caused the vehicle to shoot across the highway and roll multiple times down the steep embankment. The driver suffered injuries and required to be hospitalized. Charges are pending under the Motor Vehicle Act.

On Tuesday November 18th the Valemount RCMP responded to an intoxicated male banging on doors and walls in the hallway of the CN Rail Apartment complex. The heavily intoxicated male was located outside in the parking lot where he was arrested and lodged in cells to sober up. The male was issued a Violation Ticket under the Liquor Control and Licencing Act and released from cells when he sobered up.

On Thursday November 20th the Valemount RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle roll over collision on Highway 16 near Moose Lake. The female driver of the pickup was not injured but the passenger was assessed at the Valemount Medical Clinic after complaining of rib and shoulder injuries. The road conditions at the time were extremely slippery with black ice being reported throughout Highway 5 and 16.

On the same day, the McBride RCMP responded to a report of a number of vehicles off of the road between Purden and Crescent Spur. No injuries were reported in any of the collisions but the highway was closed for a period of time while the road conditions were being addressed by the road maintenance contractors. A freezing rain warning had been issued for area and DriveBC was advising not to travel on the road unless absolutely necessary.

On Friday November 21st the Valemount RCMP responded to a two vehicle collision involving a south bound pickup truck and a north bound tractor trailer. The pickup truck lost control on black ice and went into a spin and crossed the center line and was struck on the side. Luckily the driver of the pickup was not injured in the collision but the truck was a completely destroyed.

Later that evening the Valemount RCMP was notified of a single vehicle collision on Highway 5 near Chappell Creek. A south bound vehicle slid across the road and down into a small gulley before coming to rest in the deep snow. The driver was not injured in the collision. The driver was subsequently issued a Violation Ticket for not possessing a valid driver licence and for failing to register his vehicle.

On Sunday November 23rd the Valemount RCMP responded to yet another single vehicle collision on Highway 5 south of Allen Creek. A south bound pickup truck lost control on the black ice and slid into the ditch backwards before flipping onto the driver side door. The female driver was not injured in the collision but was taken to the Valemount Medical Clinic for observation.

While on routine patrol a member of the McBride RCMP observed a van fail to stop for a posted stop sign near Highway 16 and conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle. The female driver advised that she had lost her licence and had not obtained a new one as of yet. Something just didn’t seem right with the situation and after questioning the woman further it was learned that the woman didn’t possess a valid driver licence and was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle. The woman was arrested and released with a future court date to answer to charges of Driving While Prohibited. The vehicle was impounded for 7 days under the Motor Vehicle Act legislation.

Over the past weekend, the Valemount RCMP conducted enforcement at the new traffic light at the intersection of Highway 5 and 5th Avenue. The enforcement conducted consisted of educating drivers of having to stop at a flashing red light contrary to what the majority of the motoring public felt that they had to do. Numerous Violation Tickets were issued for failing to stop at a flashing red light at an intersection.