File photo

File photo

Clearwater emergency services attend to fire on Hwy 5

Local RCMP as well as Clearwater and Blackpool fire departments responded to the hectare-sized fire.

Submitted by

G.D. Simpson

April 22

A 55-year-old Alberta man called the RCMP to report a collision on Highway 5 near the traffic circle in Clearwater, B.C., at 11:20 a.m.

The complainant requested RCMP attend to review the incident, however there were no injuries and no tow trucks required. Cst. Meyer attended, and met with the complainant who was driving northbound in a Volvo tractor-trailer unit registered to a farm out of Alberta.

The complainant was in the passing lane and had passed a grey Dodge van, also out of Alberta, registered to and driven by a 67-year-old Alberta man. The passing lane ended and the driver of the van felt as though he was being forced into the ditch, so stepped on the gas and tried to pass the tractor when the left side of his van contacted the moose bumper on the tractor.

The driver of the van reported that his vehicle had over 300,000 kilometres and would not be filing his own claim.

Damage to both vehicles were photographed, which are attached to file.

A local man who witnessed the incident attended the RCMP detachment to report that it appeared to him that the van driver was at fault. No violation ticket issued to either party for this collision.

April 25

At 3:25 p.m., Kelowna Telecoms advised the RCMP of an “Assist Police/Fire/Ambulance” 
file near the 200-block of Highway 5 in Clearwater.

Local fire departments were on scene for a grass fire and currently have heavy equipment in the area building a fire guard between the fire and the highway. There was a significant amount of smoke that was causing issues with visibility for highway traffic.

Cst. Meyer and Cst. Lockwood attended and both Clearwater and Blackpool fire departments were on scene. After a brush pile was lit, humidity and wind caused it to spread to surrounding brush and grass. Forestry was advised of the fire, although no structures were on fire, and the fire had been quickly controlled.

No police traffic control was required.

Later that day at 10:25 p.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a local woman reporting a single-vehicle collision on Fawn Road, in Clearwater. She stated she witnessed a single sedan go down an embankment and the driver was trying to get out of the vehicle. She suspected the male driver to possibly be impaired.

Cst. Lockwood attended shortly thereafter and observed the vehicle down the bank, requesting BC Ambulance Services and Fire. Upon making contact with the driver, a 60-year-old male, who lives in the immediate area, Cst. Lockwood could see that he was slurring his words, his eyes were bloodshot, he had a flushed face and didn’t appear to be injured.

An Alcohol Screening Device demand was read to him. The driver was unable to get out of the vehicle due to a tree stump restricting the door from opening. Cst. Lockwood attempted to administer the ASD through the window of the vehicle multiple times and the driver refused every single time.

The driver was so impaired that he was unable to control his bladder twice while sitting in the seat. The driver eventually got out of the vehicle and was transported to hospital via BCAS. Cst. Lockwood issued the driver with a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impoundment for his refusal to provide a breath sample.

This information was then forwarded to the Motor Vehicle Branch.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 37 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.

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