Clearwater RCMP received a report of single vehicle collision. An investigation revealed that an Alberta-plated vehicle driven by a 37-year-old Edson man towing a trailer on Highway 5 near Avola, appeared to have blown a passenger front tire causing the vehicle to lose control and the trailer to sway.
The driver, attempting to avoid a head-on collision, steered hard to the right causing the truck and trailer to go into the ditch. They were the lone occupant and were uninjured, however both the truck and trailer were completely destroyed. The driver was given a ride from the scene to Kamloops by a witness. Another witness was northbound and observed the entire event and corroborated the driver’s statement.
At about 6:43 p.m., Const. Klassen was driving north on Clearwater Valley Road when he observed a black Dodge Caravan exit the KOA campground at a high rate of speed and fail to stop at the stop sign. The van turned right very aggressively and began driving toward Highway 5. It then travelled off road, hitting the dirt ditch before re-entering the proper lane of travel.
The constable believed that the driver may be impaired, so he turned around and conducted a traffic stop in a fast food parking lot. The driver was a 62-year-old Leduc, Alta., man. The alcohol screening device demand was read and two fails followed. The man was given a driving prohibition for 90 days and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days, towed by our local tow company. The driver’s Alberta licence was seized.
At 11:46 a.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from BC Ambulance Service indicating they were on their way to a motorcycle-versus-moose collision in Little Fort. The rider was conscious but suffered significant road rash and, despite wearing a helmet, still hit his head quite hard.
Const. Van Woudenberg attended and was waved down by a 62-year-old male and his family who advised that the rider was in their recreational vehicle. They had driven down the roadway for a stretch in order to remove themselves from a hazardous situation, as the area where the accident occurred was a corner. The rider, a 43-year-old St. Albert man, was conscious and alert, but complained of a sore neck and head.
BCAS arrived and assessed the rider who was subsequently taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops as a precaution for further assessment.
The next day at 6:36 p.m., BCAS advised the RCMP of a single motorcycle collision on Park Drive at Norfolk Rd in Clearwater. BCAS had come across the 62-year-old Medicine Hat male at this location and were currently providing medical assistance.
Consts. Meyer and Hall attended the scene. The rider and registered owner was driving up Hospital Hill when the sun got in his eyes and the next thing he knew he crashed his motorcycle into the opposing ditch. Const. Meyer photographed the scene.
The rider got off work at 3 p.m., had two drinks at a friend’s, then rode his bike. Due to facial and body scrapes, no breath tests were conducted as the rider was taken right to Kamloops hospital to clean out all sand and gravel lacerations over his body.
At 12:21 p.m. a 37-year-old Revelstoke man who had been kayaking on the Clearwater River called the Clearwater RCMP to report a stranded kayaker on an island just above goose neck rapid on the river, in Clearwater.
Const. Klassen talked to the complainant and learned that the female, a 33-year-old Kelowna woman, had approached his group this morning and asked to paddle with them. Soon after they had put in, the Kelowna woman flipped her kayak and swam. She managed to get to the island but refused any help.
The constable called Interior Whitewater Expeditions, a local rafting company, and they advised that their guides had picked the woman up and she was fine, arriving back in Clearwater around 2 p.m. The complainant had brought the woman’s kayak and belongings back to her truck that was at the take-out on Camp 2 Road. No further police action was required.
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.