Bear activity continues on Highway 5

Submitted by Sgt. G.D. Simpson

August 14

A 17-year-old Alberta female contacted the Clearwater RCMP detachment to report a collision with a bear on Highway 5, 20 kilometres north of Blue River, B.C. The collision took place in the Valemount RCMP detachment area, so a Valemount file was created and linked to Clearwater’s assistance file.

The female reported that her boyfriend was driving south bound when a bear ran out across the road in front of them. There was no time to swerve or get out of the way and the bear collided with the front of her vehicle, a red Dodge Charger.

The bear then ran into a tree, sat down for a minute then limped off into the bush. Damage to her vehicle was under $10,000. Bear hair was observed on her vehicle’s bumper. Photos were obtained and attached to a DVD on file and a copy was mailed to the Valemount RCMP.

There was nothing further required of Valemount RCMP.

Later that afternoon, the regional security manager for Trans Mountain attended the RCMP Detachment to report an attempted theft on Camp 2 Rd. in Clearwater, B.C.

Sometime the day before, between 4:30 AM and 3:00 PM, a white Chevrolet Silverado was parked at the Wadlegger Compound while the registered owner, a Trans Mountain employee, was at work. An unknown suspect attempted to steal the tires and tonneau cover off of the vehicle and left without success. No persons, including local security guards, witnessed the incident.

There is now 24-hour security on the property and police will be increasing patrols in the area.

August 15

Cst. Klassen was conducting a road block on Clearwater Valley Rd. at Wildwood Rd. in Clearwater, BC. At about 10:15 p.m. a vehicle bearing an Alberta licence plate entered the road block from Hwy 5. The driver was a 25-year-old Alberta man.

When asked, the driver said he had a few drinks with dinner, the last one about one hour and a half prior. An approved screening device demand was read to the driver who subsequently blew a fail and then a warn result.

A three-day immediate roadside prohibition was served upon the driver. The vehicle was left on the side of the road as there was a safe pull-out. The driver was advised that anyone with a valid driver’s licence was permitted to come and get it. The driver’s licence was seized for three 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.

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