Clearwater RCMP responded to 22 calls for service last week. A few of them are outlined below:
At 12:40 p.m., Cpl. Harris was operating a fully marked police vehicle near the intersection of Yellowhead Highway 5 and Old North Thompson Road in Clearwater when he observed a 2017 Hyundai Sonata driven by a ‘New’ female driver out of Surrey fail to yield after a stop, enter the intersection and collide with a 2011 Jeep Cherokee bearing an Alberta licence plate driven by an Alberta man.
Damage to both vehicles estimated in excess of $5,000. No injuries were reported and ambulance wasn’t called. The passenger of the Sonata indicated he was also not injured. The Hyundai Sonata was towed to the local towing yard. The roads were snow-covered and slushy.
The Surrey driver who possessed a learner’s class 7 was issued a violation ticket for fail to yield after a stop. A copy of the police accident report was provided to both drivers. The Surrey driver indicated she would notify the registered owner of the vehicle who was said to be in India.
At 4:31 p.m., a local female complainant called the Clearwater RCMP to report that a 2014 Freightliner bearing British Columbia plates and a British Columbia tractor-trailer plate was rolled over and laying on its side in the ditch at Shannon Creek FSR and Highway 5 near Avola.
The driver was out of the vehicle and walking around. Cpl. Harris was near the collision location and assisted with this event. Upon attendance, the single tractor-trailer was in the southbound ditch well off the road. It appears the driver exited a left-hand corner in the ice/ slush-covered roadway, crossed over a double solid line and slid into the northbound ditch on the driver’s side.
The truck is registered to Starmax Transport and the trailer is registered to Safeco Transport. The driver was gone on arrival and nobody was around the accident scene. A local heavy towing company arrived on the scene and advised they would deal with the recovery in the daylight.
Cst. Meyer followed up with this accident investigation learning that the driver was a Lower Mainland man driving from Edmonton to B.C. when his trailer jackknifed on slippery roads. Investigation is ongoing with charges being reviewed.
At 1:10 a.m., a local man reported a grey Honda Civic, with B.C. plates, in the ditch at Lodge Drive and Old North Thompson Highway in Clearwater. He said the woman driver (white female, approximately 50-years-old, wearing a black shirt and blue jeans) was out of the vehicle and walking north.
The complainant said the female was slurring her words. Cst Seidl spoke with the complainant, who did not see the accident occur, nor did he see the woman get out of the car. Cst Seidl located the Civic and noted there was some front end damage but nothing major (under $10,000), no airbags deployed, no smell of liquor nor any liquor containers inside the vehicle or around it.
It appeared the vehicle was trying to make a left turn and miscalculated the corner in the rain. The local tow company attended to remove the vehicle. Cst Seidl eventually located the driver and registered owner who was not injured. Cst Seidl was unable to smell any liquor on her and she appeared to be steady on her feet and not slurring her speech.
Cst Seidl cautioned the female prior to speaking with her. After conducting a thorough investigation he concluded there was not enough evidence to enter into an impaired investigation.
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.