Submitted by Sgt. G.D. Simpson
Cst. Lockwood was flagged down for a vehicle fire near the roundabout in Clearwater, B.C., at approximately 6:35 p.m. he attended and observed a blue Ford F150 with flames coming from under the hood on the passenger side. Another vehicle, a blue Dodge Ram, was parked on Eden Road.
The driver of the Ford, a 43-year-old male, claimed the driver of the Dodge, a 62-year-old male from 93 Mile House, had hit him while he was eastbound in the roundabout.
Clearwater Fire Deparment attended and put the fire out.
Cst. Lockwood spoke with the driver of the Dodge, who claimed that he was in the roundabout and that the driver of the Ford struck him while he was northbound. Photos were taken and statements were obtained from both drivers. An accident report was completed and provided to them.
Our local towing company attended and towed the Ford as it was not driveable. No injuries were reported.
At about 9:14 a.m., local 27-year-old woman who was a patron at the Wells Gray Pub reported that a vehicle had left the pub area and ran into the sign across the road from the Wells Gray Inn, then drove up toward the flats. The vehicle was described as a matte black Toyota-size pick-up truck with three occupants, believed to be working for the pipeline.
They had been in the pub earlier and caused a bit of a disturbance and were told to leave. She had never seen these people in Clearwater before.
Police conducted patrols throughout the area with negative results. All typical locations in Clearwater for pipeline employees were checked for the suspect vehicle. The Barriere Detachment was advised as well.
Examination of the scene revealed the “Clearwater Business Route” sign on the southbound portion of Highway 5 was hit and bent over quite a bit. There were obvious tire marks in the ground around the sign showing the vehicle had spun out of control as if left the parking lot of the Wells Gray Inn, went across the highway, hit the sign, spun around, then left the scene.
Damage to the vehicle would have probably been on the passenger’s side of the vehicle, possibly the driver’s side, but obviously not enough to disbale it. Photos were taken of the scene.
Police are asking anyone with any related information to call them or Crime Stoppers, should they wish to remain anonymous.
Clearwater RCMP responded to 26 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.