RCMP Report: Impaired drivers, domestic violence, and copper theft

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

On Monday June 1st, the McBride RCMP was notified of a theft of a loader from a local mill site which was found idling in the same location which it had been left. The loader appeared to have been used in the theft of a spool of copper wire from the CN Rail yard which was estimated to be valued at $35,000. The spool of wire was located in the ditch a short distance from the yard but was damaged and rendered useless. If anyone has information regarding the theft of the loader or attempt theft of the spools of wire please contact the McBride RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-877-222-8477.

On the same day while conducting speed enforcement on Highway 5, two Valemount RCMP officers stopped vehicles for excessive speeding at almost the same time. The first vehicle was stopped just north of Valemount for travelling 152km/hr in the posted 100km/hr speed zone while the second vehicle was stopped while entering the 70km/hr speed zone by the Best Western Hotel. This vehicle was stopped after travelling 145km/hr. Both drivers received Violation Tickets for Excessive Speeding and had their vehicles impounded for 7 days.

On Wednesday June 3rd a vehicle was stopped while travelling at a rate of 130km/hr while in the 70km/hr zone on Highway 5 near the Fraser River bridge. The vehicle was stopped and both occupants were arrested for possession of marihuana. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for Excessive Speeding and had his vehicle impounded for 7 days. A small amount of marihuana was seized from the vehicle.

On Thursday June 4th, the Valemount RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault which had just occurred inside of a residence. A male was located and arrested without incident and was later released the following morning on strict conditions. Alcohol was believed to be a contributing factor.

On Friday June 5th, the Valemount RCMP responded to a report of a possible domestic assault on Highway 5 near McLennan Road. Officers arrived and separated the male and female and after speaking with both parties and a witness it was determined that no assault had taken place but the male and female had been in a heated argument.

While investigating the possible domestic, an impaired driving investigation was initiated on the female driver of the small grey car. The female who showed signs of impairment and had liquor on her breath provided a sample of her breath into a roadside screening device. The result was a “Fail” reading and the female was issued a 90 Day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and had her vehicle impounded for 30 days.

On Saturday June 6th the McBride RCMP investigated a report of a hit and run collision in the Village Parking Lot. The owner of the vehicle who was attending the Pioneer Days festival returned to find that another vehicle had struck the right rear corner of the their vehicle. The damage was estimated to be approximately $4000.

On the same day, a vehicle was stopped for speeding on Highway 5 near Camp Creek and a drug investigation was quickly initiated after a strong odour of marihuana was detected from inside of the truck. The driver was issued a Violation Ticket for speeding and a search of the vehicle was conducted and a small amount of marihuana was located and seized.

Later that evening a truck towing a travel trailer was stopped on Canoe Road after it was observed turning off of Whiskeyfill Road and the left tail light was burnt out. The driver of the truck had a strong odour of liquor on his breath and subsequently provided a sample of his breath into a roadside screening device. The driver was issued a 3 Day Driving Prohibition after a reading of “Warn” was registered on the device.

On Sunday June 7th, while conducting speed enforcement near McBride an Alberta male was stopped for excessive speeding on Highway 16. While speaking with the driver the investigating officer quickly entered into a drug investigation and arrested the male. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a quantity of marihuana was seized. The male was released from custody with charges being recommended for possession of a controlled substance. The vehicle was impounded under the excessive speed legislation in British Columbia.

On the same day, the Valemount RCMP conducted a check stop on Canoe Road near Bailey Road for impaired drivers. A male driver from Valemount was arrested after a strong odour of marihuana was detected from the inside of his truck. A search of the truck was conducted and a small amount of marihuana was seized.

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