RCMP Report: Vandals and road rage

Submitted by Robson Valley RCMP

Sometime overnight on September 1st a cargo trailer was vandalized with all four tires being slashed. Anyone with information is asked to call the Valemount RCMP at 250-566-4466 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

On September 2nd Valemount RCMP attended a single vehicle collision on Hwy 5 south of Valemount. The driver had fallen asleep and driven off the road, no one was injured. The driver, a 53 year old Alberta male, was issued a violation ticket.

On the afternoon of September 2nd Valemount RCMP received a report of B&E at a rural property. Someone had entered the unlocked residence leaving behind mud in the residence. Luckily nothing was taken. Police would like to remind everyone to lock your doors when you are not home as thieves are opportunistic and will move on to an easier target if a house is locked and hard to access.

On September 2nd McBride RCMP had two males fail to sign in at the detachment as required. A report to Crown has been submitted with respect to the Breaches.

During the evening of September 3rd Valemount RCMP attended a multiple vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near Rearguard Falls. When police arrived a male driver had fled the scene, but was quickly located by police. Several people were transported to the clinic. Police entered into an impaired investigation and a 36 year old Alberta male is facing several charges including; impaired operation of a motor vehicle, assault, leaving the scene of an accident, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while disqualified.

In the early morning of September 4th Valemount RCMP responded to a report of uttering threats and pointing a firearm on a rural property south of Valemount. Police responded with the assistance of McBride RCMP and Prince George Dog Service. A 61 year old male was taken into custody without incident and appeared in Court in McBride later that same day where he was remanded in custody and transported to Prince George. A search warrant was executed on the property and several firearms were seized.

On September 5th Valemount RCMP received a report of a road rage incident that resulted in the driver of a passenger vehicle and tractor trailer having a confrontation resulting in damage to the passenger vehicle. The matter is still under investigation by police.

On September 5th McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle after it was observed leaving a local drinking establishment and driving very slowly. An odour of liquor was detected on the male’s breath and a road side screening device was used to check his sobriety. The driver, a 58 year old McBride resident, failed two tests and was issued a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The male was held in-custody overnight to sober up and was released in the morning.

On September 6th McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle for speed and noted an odour of marihuana. The driver, a 33 year old Prince George resident, was arrested and search of his vehicle revealed 22 grams of marihuana. The male was released on a Promise to Appear for possession of a controlled substance and is scheduled to appear in Court in McBride this fall.

In the evening of September 7th McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle for excessive speed after it was observed travelling 166 km/h. The driver, a 59 year old Alberta male, was charged with excessive speed and given a $368 fine and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.

Over the Long Weekend police were busy with multiple traffic violations being served on drivers who were in a hurry to get home. Speeds were dangerously high with most violators averaging speeds in excess of 130 km/h. Officers also noted that a large number of vehicles are failing to pull over and STOP when they see an emergency vehicle approaching. Police would like to remind everyone that when you see an emergency vehicle approaching, traffic in both directions must pull over and stop. Moving over and slowing down is not sufficient as this does not always allow emergency vehicles to safely get by. If the police officer does not want to pull you over he will go around you. By moving over and stopping quickly, it allows police and other emergency responders valuable minutes to get to the person they are trying to help.

School is back in session and police would like to remind everyone to slow down in the school zones and to watch for young children who get excited and do not always look before entering the street. Be alert and watch for pedestrians and cyclists.

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