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Clearwater RCMP attend to multi-vehicle collision on Hwy 5

Clearwater RCMP responded to 55 calls for service this past week.

Submitted by G.D. Simpson

Const. Lockwood and Sgt. Simpson were deployed with the Southeast District Tactical Team to assist with the fire and evacuations in Lytton over the Canada Day long weekend. Sgt. Simpson was re-deployed there again over this past weekend.

July 10

At 3 p.m., Const. Lockwood was heading northbound on Highway 5 near Messiter Summit in Avola and observed a red Dodge Dakota that appeared to be broken down on the side of the road. He saw a female, well known to police, in the driver’s seat.

The driver stated that someone had put sugar in the gas tank, which caused her to break down on the side of the road. In her usual fashion, she had a long and convoluted story of why she was at this location, as she was visiting friends. She had claimed that some Trans Mountain guys had stopped to assist her and had taken her bank card.

Her belongings were scattered throughout the vehicle and she said she just had her licence and bank card but had since misplaced them, eliminating the fact that the Trans Mountain guys took it from her.

Const. Lockwood observed the grip portion of what he believed to be a handgun in her purse, so she was arrested and provided her Charter rights and warning. The firearm turned out to be a pellet handgun. The driver said that she keeps it on her for protection, so she was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

She was released roadside, no process. The firearm was seized for destruction. The driver wanted to be left on the highway to await a friend who was coming to get her. The vehicle was not registered to the driver but to a 95-year-old female from Valemount.

July 11

Clearwater RCMP received a call at 1:16 p.m. of a multiple vehicle collision at Highway 5 and Clearwater Village Road, north of Clearwater.

The caller, a male, stated there were possibly some injuries before E-Comm pulled the call back. Emergency Health Services then called stating they were en route and it was a three vehicle collision. Conservation attended as well and called for fire to attend as there was fuel leaking from the vehicles. Const. Van Woudenberg and Const. Meyer attended.

The first vehicle, a 2020 Ram 2500, driven by a Calgary woman, was making a left turn from the highway onto Clearwater Village Rd, when the second vehicle, a 2009 BMW, driven by a St. Albert man, had driven up behind her and started going around her on the shoulder of the road.

Vehicle three, a 2018 Ford Explorer, driven by a Vernon woman, had then come up from behind them both, hitting first the BMW, causing it to spin and flip over down the embankment on the side of the highway, and then hitting the back of the Dodge Ram, causing minor damage to the truck.

The Calgary woman had been travelling alone, while the Vernon woman had been travelling with her children, both of whom sustained only bruises and aches.

The St. Albert man had been travelling with two female friends, both of whom were taken by EHS to hospital to be assessed for minor injuries. Our local tow company towed the BMW and Explorer to their yard, while the Calgary woman drove the Ram away.

The Vernon woman and kids were driven to a local service station in Clearwater to await a ride. Police attended the hospital to provide the occupants of the BMW their phones and wallets. The St. Albert man was issued a drive without due consideration ticket.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 55 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.