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Brief from the Clearwater RCMP detachment

Clearwater RCMP responded to 41 calls for service this past week

August 23

At 1:55 p.m. Const. Tobin stopped a vehicle owned by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, driven by a 45-year-old Prince George female, due to suspicion of possible impaired driving as the driver appeared to be asleep at a stop sign off KP Road at Highway 5. A vehicle stop was initiated about four kilometres east of Birch Island.

Initially the female driver provided her sister’s name, as she has several times before when stopped by police. This time however, her sister’s driver’s licence also came back as prohibited. A road side, in depth investigation, including open source internet and finally the female producing her BCID, revealed who she actually was. Checks confirmed that she was also prohibited Canada wide and provincially. She has been working as a paramedic on the TMX project.

The driver was charged with prohibited driving offences as well as obstruction and eventually released on an undertaking with an October court date. The vehicle was impounded.

August 26

At 7:04 p.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a 35-year-old Edmonton man regarding a mudslide on Highway 5, approximately 43 kilometres east of Clearwater. Mud was supposedly covering both lanes for about 40 metres.

Const. Hall of BC Highway Patrol was already north of Clearwater and so continued on further. Other than a small dirty spot on the highway, there was no sign of any mudslide found. Const. Van Woudenberg called the complainant back and he confirmed it had been between Avola and Clearwater. No further calls were received regarding a mudslide.

August 27

At 4:00 p.m., Const. Van Woudenberg was parked at the Clearwater roundabout and randomly checked a B.C. licence plate. Police checks showed the truck was registered to a 27-year-old local man and an ICBC action to serve the registered owner with a two-month driving prohibition.

The constable initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle at Dutch Lake and confirmed the driver to be the registered owner. As per ICBC direction a two-month driving prohibition was issued with a temporary licence issued until Aug. 28. The driver’s plastic card licence was seized. All required paperwork was completed and faxed to ICBC/MVB.

Later at 10:41 p.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a 26-year-old local woman regarding an intoxicated male walking southbound on Old North Thompson Hwy. The male was not walking into traffic, but stumbling a lot. The male was shaggy looking, approximately 60 years old wearing a pink beach-style shirt. Const. Van Woudenberg received the call with a 10-minute delay. Patrols of the area were made and no male was seen.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 41 calls for service this past week.

Sgt. G.D. Simpson is the detachment commander at the Clearwater RCMP Detachment. Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, to report anonymously, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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