RCMP Report: Busy week for police, multiple impaired driving charges

Police charged three separate individuals with impaired driving over the past week, among other files.

  • Mar. 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The Golden-Field RCMP received eight abandoned 911 calls this week.“These calls are when someone has dialed 911, but disconnect the call prior to providing information to police.” stated Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. “We would like to remind everyone that 911 is set up to help people who require emergency police, fire or medical assistance. If you dial 911 by mistake, you need to stay on the line and speak with someone so that they can ensure you aren’t in need of emergency assistance”. Those who require non-emergency police assistance are asked to call the Golden-Field RCMP non-emergency line at 250-344-2221.

On Feb. 27, a Surrey resident had his vehicle impounded for seven days after police  caught the driver travelling 50km/h over the posted speed limit in Yoho National Park. The driver was also issued a $368.00 violation ticket for excessive speed under the Motor Vehicle Act.

A 34 year-old male from Calgary has been arrested in relation to an assault that took place at a licensed establishment near Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on Feb. 27. The victim attended the Golden-Field RCMP Detachment the following day, alleging that he had been thrown down a set of stairs the night before, sustaining injuries that required medical attention. The victim was able to provide police with the name of the suspect, who was located and arrested for assault. The male is scheduled to appear in court on May 20 in Golden.

On the night of Mar. 1, police responded to a report of a vehicle stuck on the train tracks in Field. Train traffic was stopped for just under two hours while a tow truck worked to remove the vehicle from the tracks. The driver was issued a violation ticket for disobeying a traffic control device under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In the early morning hours of Mar. 1, Golden-Field RCMP and BC Ambulance responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 1 just west of Golden. It’s alleged that the vehicle lost control, causing it to go off the highway down a steep embankment. All four occupants were transported to the Golden Hospital where they were assessed for injuries and later released.

Police have charged a 61 year-old female from Ontario with Impaired Driving under the Province’s Immediate Roadside Prohibition legislation. The female failed two roadside screening tests after police stopped her for failing to stop at a stop sign in Golden on Mar. 3. Under the BC Motor Vehicle Act legislation, drivers who fail the roadside screening test lose their driver’s licence for 90 days, and the vehicle that they are driving is impounded for 30 days.

On Mar. 4, RCMP, BC Ambulance Service, Golden Fire-Rescue, and Parks Canada responded to a single vehicle collision in a snow shed near Rogers Pass, west of Golden. The driver and single occupant of the vehicle collided with the centre pillar of the snow shed. Golden Fire-Rescue had to extricate the 72 year-old male from the vehicle. The male was then transported to Golden Hospital by Ambulance and once assessed in Golden, transferred to Kelowna by Air Ambulance for further medical treatment. “The male is believed to have sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of the collision, but is expected to survive.” stated Cst. Lainchbury.

On Mar. 4, police assisted the Cranbrook probation office with the execution of an arrest warrant on a local youth. The youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is alleged to have committed multiple serious breaches of his probation. The youth appeared before a Justice of the Peace via telephone the same day, and was subsequently held in custody. The youth is scheduled to appear before a Judge in Cranbrook on Monday to answer to the allegations.

RCMP responded to an assault in a local residential complex on the afternoon of Mar. 4. Upon arrival, police were able to determine that an intoxicated male that was travelling through Golden had allegedly ventured in to town from the highway to purchase drugs. The male was confronted by neighbours, who saw him unlawfully enter a residence in the complex. Once confronted, witnesses stated that the male became assaultive, swearing at and hitting another male. “The male who was assaulted was able to hold the other male down until police could arrive and arrest him” says Cst. Lainchbury. The male was taken into custody and held until sober. The victim declined to pursue charges in the matter, and the male is believed to have left Golden.

Police charged two separate people with impaired driving on Friday, Mar. 6. Both drivers had their driver’s licences suspended for 90 days, and the vehicles they were driving impounded for 30 days after failing their roadside breath tests. “It’s concerning that people still aren’t getting the message that Impaired Driving will not be tolerated in our community” said Cst. Lainchbury. “This is the third separate charge in Golden this week.”

During the early morning hours on Mar. 7, police came across a male lying on the sidewalk outside a local business. It was alleged that the male had recently been in a fight with another male, and had sustained minor injuries as a result. BC Ambulance transported the injured male to the Golden Hospital for evaluation and treatment. Although the matter is still under investigation, police were able to locate the other male involved in the fight, and the 25 year-old from Alberta was arrested for the assault. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the altercation to contact police at 250-344-2221.


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