Sgt. Grant Simpson. File photo

Sgt. Grant Simpson. File photo

Clearwater police issue tickets, suspensions for drunk driving

Clearwater RCMP briefs

June 24

On Friday 10 p.m., Const. Van Woudenberg spotted a white Suburban shoot across Clearwater Valley Road from the Shell gas station towards the Canco gas station. The vehicle was being driven aggressively and had no running lights on.

The vehicle pulled into the Canco and Const. Van Woudenberg obtained the B.C. plate. The registered owner was listed as a 29-year-old male out of Edmonton. The constable waited and within two minutes the driver re-entered the vehicle and headed back the way he came. He used no lights and accelerated hard.

Const. Van Woudenberg activated his emergency lights and began closing the distance. The Suburban continued on, not stopping at the stop sign, cutting another vehicle off and turning up Clearwater Valley Rd. before entering a local resort in the area. The constable pulled in behind.

The driver was identified as the registered owner. He was slurring his words, talking very quickly and this, coupled with his driving behavior, prompted a breath demand. The driver provided two samples of his breath, both of which read a “fail.” A 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impoundment were issued.

Our local tow company attended and towed the vehicle. The registered owner walked back to his lodgings, stating he was staying there while working on the pipeline. Documentation was completed and sent to the Motor Vehicle Branch of B.C.

June 25

At 7:04 p.m., Clearwater RCMP were advised by a 22-year-old Kamloops man of a suspicious circumstance southbound on Highway 5 in Blackpool.

An older-style truck was in the southbound ditch, the female passenger was walking away and the male driver was in the vehicle. When the complainant approached the vehicle to offer assistance, the driver floored it and got it stuck further in the ditch. The driver then also exited, and both he and his passenger headed southbound on foot.

Const. Van Woudenberg attended and located the male and female by the truck in the ditch. The B.C. plate on the truck was registered to a 37-year-old Kamloops man, who was also the driver. The passenger was a 27-year-old Kamloops woman.

The constable spoke to both and noted the driver was slurring his words as he spoke. This, in addition to the driving evidence of going into the ditch, supported a breath demand. An Alcohol Screening Device demand was read and conducted which resulted in two “fail” readings. Subsequently a 90-day prohibition and 30-day impoundment notice was issued upon the driver.

The local tow company attended and towed the truck to their yard. Const. Meyer provided a ride for the female to Barriere. Const. Van Woudenberg provided a ride for the driver to Little Fort for a pick up. Documentation was completed and sent to the Motor Vehicle Branch of B.C.

Clearwater RCMP responded to 40 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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