The Golden-Field RCMP received over 75 traffic complaints during the month of September with the majority of them coming from traffic travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Complaints included passing on double solid lines, speeding, road hazards, and vehicles illegally passing school buses.
Concern for Passenger
Police were called during the evening of September 29 after a male came off the Greyhound advising others that he was planning on heading into the mountains to sleep for the winter.
“Others were concerned for the safety of the male and believed he may be suffering from mental health issues,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury, spokesperson for the Golden- Field RCMP. Police were able to locate the male who was brought to the Golden General Hospital to be seen by a doctor.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding two thefts on Wiseman Road to contact them after receiving two separate reports on October 2.
“Both callers reported that they had tools stolen with one caller reporting approximately $2500 in tools taken, and the other reporting a drill worth approximately $250 taken.”
Local police can be reached at 250- 344-2221 or you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. A reward may be offered through Crimestoppers for information that leads to an arrest.
School Broken Into
Police are also asking anyone with information regarding a break in at the Columbia Valley Elementary School in Parson to contact them after an alarm was triggered on September 28.
Police attended and determined that one of the doors had been pried open with what they believe was a screwdriver, causing approximately $100 in damage.
A local resident went to the Golden RCMP Detachment on October 2 to report that she had struck a deer with her vehicle on Highway 95 near Flemstrom Road.
There were no reported injuries however the vehicle is believed to be a total loss as a result of the collision.
Drunk Semi Driver
Police came across a collision on Highway 1 near Hartley Road on September 29 while responding to a report of a possible impaired semi driver at the weigh scales east of Golden.
“The police officer spoke with the occupants of the vehicle who confirmed that they were not injured but required a tow,” said Cst. Lainchbury.
A tow truck was arranged for the vehicle and police then continued to the weigh scales where the officer formed suspicion that a semi driver had alcohol in his system.
The driver provided a sample of his breath into a roadside screening device which resulted in Commercial Vehicle Service Enforcement officers suspending the driver from driving for having alcohol in his body.
Two youths have been banned from a local grocery store after staff allegedly observed the two attempting to steal teeth whitening products and food.
“Police were called during the afternoon on October 1 and responded,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “Both youths, at the request of the store, were given warnings by police regarding stealing, and received a ban from store management.”
Squatting at Residence
A 20 year-old female, believed to be from Golden, was arrested on a warrant out of Revelstoke after police received a report that people had been squatting in a residence on Hartley Road.
“The call came in to us on September 30 and members immediately attended the residence,” says Cst. Lainchbury. “The complainant was not interested in pursuing charges against the two for being in the house; however the female had outstanding warrants and was arrested.”
The female was later released on documents requiring her to attend court in Revelstoke later in the year.
Window Smashed with Planter Box
Police responded to a suspicious occurrence during the early morning hours of September 30 after receiving a report that a heavily intoxicated female had taken a planter box from outside a business on 9th Avenue North and used it to smash out the window of a vehicle.
Attempts were made that evening to contact the owner, however after no response the vehicle was towed for safekeeping.
Police were surprised to receive a call from the owner the following morning, in which she advised that she had thrown the planter through the window after locking her keys inside.
A 25 year-old male from Golden had his vehicle seized for 30 days and his driver’s licence suspended for 90 after police allege he failed two roadside alcohol screening device tests during the early morning hours of October 4.
Police initially observed the male fail to obey a stop sign before proceeding to weave in the driving lane. A traffic stop was conducted and suspicion was formed by the officer that the driver had alcohol in his system.
Local police will be out this upcoming weekend for the National Operation Impact Campaign. “The campaign will see us focus on enforcement around seatbelts, distracted, impaired, and aggressive driving,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “However, these won’t be the only things that we will be looking for.” Drivers found driving without seatbelts or driving while distracted may be issued a $167 fine.
Speeding in Yoho
A 46 year-old from out of country had his rental vehicle impounded for 7 days after Golden RCMP Traffic Services officers allege that he was travelling at 156km/h in a posted 90km/h in Yoho National Park on October 1.
Failure to stop
Police with Golden RCMP Traffic Services stopped a vehicle on October 3 after they allege the vehicle failed to stop for a stop sign. Further conversations between the officer and the driver led police to believe that the driver had alcohol in his body. The driver subsequently failed two roadside alcohol screening device tests which resulted in his driver’s licence being suspended for 90 days and his vehicle being impounded for 30.
License Revoked for German Tourist
A 21 year-old from Germany had his driver’s licence suspended for 3 days as well as his vehicle impounded after police found him driving with alcohol in his system. “The driver initially failed the approved alcohol screening device test, but a subsequent test on another instrument provided a lower ‘warn’ reading.” With the Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation, police take the lower of the two readings.
Male arrested under Immigration Act
A 25 year-old male is currently in police custody after local traffic services officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 1 on October 4 and noted that the driver had a Canada wide warrant for his arrest under the Immigration Act.
The male is currently awaiting transport back to Vancouver by the Canadian Border Services Agency.