Submitted by G.D. Simpson
Members of the Clearwater Detachment and Victim Services set up the RCMP Cram the Cruiser event held in the Buy-Low parking lot to collect donations for our local food bank.
It was so impressive to see the generosity of our community despite what the past year has brought us! We are very grateful for all the donations which amounted to 1043.16 pounds of non perishable food items, $1550.10 in cash and $210.00 in Buy-Low gift cards.
These donations (food & cash) went directly to our local Food Bank at the end of the event. Thank you all so very much for your generous donations!
At 12:47 p.m., a local Blackpool man called the RCMP to report a collision, and possible hit-and-run, on Highway 5 at Jenkins Road in Blackpool.
Const. Meyer attended and observed a grey Audi in the northbound lane. The vehicle was driven and registered to a 65-year-old Barriere female. This driver was southbound on Highway 5 signaling to turn left onto Jenkins Rd. when a black truck behind her passed in the opposing lane, clipping the driver side of the vehicle rendering it undrivable.
The driver of the truck provided her with insurance papers that she photographed that ended up being insurance for a trailer, registered with valid insurance to a 70-year-old Okanagan male. He was in a rush to leave and did not provide his driver’s licence or phone number for the female driver before leaving.
Const. Meyer located a phone number for the male driver, called and left a message to contact the Clearwater RCMP about this incident. The constable was able to contact his wife and confirmed her husband was in the collision and that the other driver had failed to signal her intention until too late.
The police file number was provided to the driver for insurance purposes. A local tow company recovered the vehicle while the driver had her friend take her back to Barriere. Photos were obtained and attached to file. Motor vehicle checks also attached to the file and an accident report completed and emailed to ICBC. No violation ticket issued at this time due to conflicting information. ICBC is to identify the primary offender.
Later, at approx 10:35 p.m., Const. Lockwood was making patrols near the Canco gas station and observed a silver BMW X5 parked at pump two with what appeared to be a pick-up truck plate attached to the front. Plate queries showed the plates were stolen.
Const. Lockwood observed a male wearing all black with a black and red plaid shirt exit the Canco, briskly walk toward the vehicle and quickly try and take the gas pump out of the vehicle and walk to the driver door. The constable advised the male he was under arrest for possession of stolen property. The male complied with commands, put his hands up and slowly walked backward and was speaking back to Const. Lockwood with a French accent.
Const. Lockwood attempted to apprehend the male who took off running toward the Country Inn campground. The constable, along with Police Dog Services and Cpl. Welsman from Barriere, tracked for 45 minutes, but were unsuccessful in obtaining a track.
Recent PRIME files show the vehicle was purchased from a 35-year-old Kamloops male. This transaction appeared suspicious as a backpack with a firearm and drugs were left behind by the buyers. It was determined that a 37-year-old male, also of Kamloops, was the buyer of the vehicle. Police checks showed this male to have neck tattoos which Const. Lockwood could see while attempting to arrest the male. Vernon RCMP was advised of the recovery of the stolen plates. Police continue to thoroughly investigate this incident.
Clearwater RCMP responded to 42 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.