Submitted by G.D. Simpson
At 10:24 a.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a female living in the 600 block of Clearwater Village Road in Clearwater regarding an unknown male sleeping on the front lawn of her property wearing a white nightgown. The male was described as mid-30s to 40s with a tattoo on his face.
Earlier that morning, police had been advised by the hospital that a male with the same description had come in overnight, along with his girlfriend, and was being treated for drug withdrawal. The male had run out of the hospital on foot. The hospital staff provided police with the identity of the male.
Const. Van Woudenberg made patrols but was unable to locate the male, who had been hiding in the bushes behind the hospital. The constable arrived at the home on Clearwater Village Road and located the male awake on the front lawn. The male identified himself and explained that he fled from the hospital as he felt they were going to give him enough medication to kill him.
The male was in obvious withdrawal pain and willing to go back to the hospital if police attended as well.
The male was transported back to Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital and was seen by the nurse, who got him medications for the withdrawal effects. The hospital kept the male and his girlfriend for a few more hours and then released them both to his mother in Clearwater. The male told police they were picked up by his mother, a local of Clearwater, in Vernon as they wanted to get clean and get their lives back on track.
Both were spoken to about the consequences of thefts in the area due to their history. They advised that they were here for a few weeks to get clean and then would probably go back to Vernon.
Later, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Const. Lockwood observed a white Dodge Ram pickup pull into the Wells Gray liquor store parking lot. The driver, later identified as a 40-year-old Clearwater man, got out of the driver’s seat and went into the liquor store.
Const. Lockwood observed the driver had a flushed face and appeared to have tripped over his footing on the way into the store. He then observed the driver exiting the store, access the driver’s seat and drive out of the parking lot. A traffic stop was initiated. Two breath samples from an alcohol screeming device were obtained from the driver. Both samples registered a FAIL reading.
A notice of a 90-day prohibition from driving and a 30-day vehicle impoundment were provided to the driver.
The driver was advised that the vehicle was registered to his business partner. Nontheless, the vehicle was towed for impoundment for 30 days.
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.