RCMP Report: dangerous driving, attack with antlers & backcountry rescue

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On Nov. 3, Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed travelling at 184 km/h on Hwy 5 north of Valemount. The driver, a 24-year-old woman from China, was issued a ticket for excessive speed in the amount of $483 and the vehicle was impounded for 7 days. The driver and her passenger were given a ride back to Valemount to arrange for alternate transportation.

On Nov. 4, McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it went through a stop sign. The van was uninsured. The investigation revealed that the company vehicle was likely missed and the driver was unaware of being uninsured. The van was parked until valid insurance was put on it and the driver, a 35-year-old Prince George man, was issued a ticket for Disobey Stop Sign.

On Nov. 5, Valemount RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the Valemount Daycare. Police found a man who said he had stopped to rest after a long day of travelling. The male had no warrants or history with police and was allowed to carry on south.

On Nov. 5, Valemount RCMP received a report of vehicle travelling without a tire on a trailer and the rim was sparking on the highway. Police stopped the vehicle and found the trailer was not registered and the driver had to return to Alberta to get a valid plate and repair the tire.

On Nov. 5, McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed with no licence plate and a driver known by police to be unlicenced. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 31-year-old McBride resident, is scheduled to appear Jan. 9, 2015 on charges of No Insurance and No Driver’s License.

On Nov. 6, McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding. Police noted an odour of marihuana and the driver, a 49-year-old Prince George resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A small amount of marihuana was seized and the driver was released without charges of possession, but was issued a ticket for speeding.

On Nov. 6, McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it went through a stop sign. Police smelled marihuana. Both occupants were arrested and the vehicle was searched revealing a small amount of marihuana. The driver, a 31-year-old male from Airdrie, was issued a ticket and released without criminal charges.

On Nov. 7, Valemount RCMP received a report that three gas cans were stolen out of a pick-up truck sometime overnight from a local hotel. Police would like to remind everyone that most thefts are crimes of opportunity. Please lock up your valuables and keep them out of sight.

On Nov. 7, Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle for excessive speed after it was tracked on radar at 150 km/h. The driver, a 53-year-old male from Vancouver, was issued a ticket for excessive speed in the amount of $368 and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

On Nov. 7, Valemount RCMP were advised of a minor collision between a vehicle and a deer. The deer was put down as a result of the collision. No people were injured.

On Nov. 7, Valemount RCMP received a report of a hit and run. A trailer was parked just north of town and evidence at the scene suggests a tractor trailer may have struck the parked trailer, possibly without knowing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Valemount RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On Nov. 7, McBride RCMP observed a vehicle travelling at 155 km/h. The vehicle was stopped and the driver had an odour of liquor on his breath. A roadside screening device test on the driver showed a “FAIL” reading. The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and fine and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. In addition the driver was issued a ticket for excessive speed and fined $368. The ongoing investigation revealed the driver had provided a false name to police and he is now facing additional charges of Personation, Obstructing a Police Officer, and Breaching of Undertaking.

On Nov. 7, McBride RCMP located a man from Burns Lake wanted on outstanding Warrants. The man was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear for Court in Burns Lake in December.

On Nov. 8, Valemount RCMP were made aware of a vehicle theft that occurred sometime overnight. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys left in the ignition. The vehicle was recovered the following day in Ontario by police. Police would like to remind everyone to secure their vehicles at all times, especially with cold weather approaching. Drivers who leave their vehicles running and unsecured leave themselves at risk to thieves and can be fined under the Motor Vehicle Act.

On Nov. 8, Valemount RCMP were advised of a single vehicle collision on 5th. A vehicle had struck a power pole which only resulted in minimal damage to the vehicle. No one was injured.

On Nov. 8, Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle for speed near Jackman Flats. The driver, a 31-year-old Edmonton man, was identified as a person that needed to be served a Prohibition based on previous driving infractions. The man was issued a 6 month driving prohibition in B.C. and a ticket for speeding.

On Nov. 9, Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle after it made a U-turn. The driver, a 47-year-old Valemount resident, had an odour of liquor on his breath. A roadside screening device test showed a “WARN” reading. The man was issued a 3-day driving prohibition and fine.

On Nov. 9, Valemount RCMP responded to a woman suffering from shortness of breath. BC Ambulance attended and transported the woman to hospital.

On Nov. 9, Valemount RCMP were dispatched to a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed a woman and man had gotten into an argument prompting her to throw objects at him and strike him with deer antlers. The female, a 46-year-old Valemount resident, was arrested for assault with a weapon and later released on a Promise to Appear for Court on Jan. 8. Both parties had been drinking alcohol.

On Nov. 9, McBride RCMP received a SPOT activation from a man in medical distress. Robson Valley Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated and attended via helicopter as the area is not accessible by ATV. SAR members remained with the man overnight as darkness fell prior to the helicopter being able to extract them. The helicopter re-attended on Nov. 10 and retrieved the man and SAR team.

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