RCMP Report: Confused hotel guest dials 911 upon check in

A puzzled hotel guest called 911 by accident, among other files for RCMP this week.

Stolen copper

Police are seeking information from the public after a report was received this week that a large quantity of copper was stolen from the old Donald mill site. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Egging on Selkirk

Police were called to a residence on Selkirk hill on July 13 after tenants discovered that their house and one of their vehicles had been egged overnight. There was a minimal amount of damage but police would still like to determine who is responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.

Argument at gas station

On July 14 police responded to a 911 call from a pay phone at a local gas station in which a male caller requested police. Upon arrival it was determined that there was a minor argument between the male caller and a female. Both parties were intoxicated and police made arrangements for the two to stay at separate hotels for the night before they headed back to Cranbrook. No further issues were reported with the two.

Confusion for hotel guest

Police received a 911 call from a concerned guest who was checking into a lodge in the Golden area. “The guest arrived and there was nobody there to check him in,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury, spokesperson for the Golden-Field RCMP. A sign at the front desk stating to call 911 in an emergency and another number to check in appeared to have been misunderstood, leading to the guest calling 911 to check in.

Owed wages?

Police attended a rural lodge on July 15 after it was reported that two brothers were refusing to leave the property as requested. Further investigation revealed that the two brothers from England had been on a work exchange program in which they provided services in exchange for room and board. The two believed that they were owed money and were asked to leave when they made the request. “We see a few of these cases each year,” advised Cst. Lainchbury. “Unfortunately there is little we can do to assist workers in these types of disputes.” Information from the file was passed on to the Employment Standards Branch and Immigration for review and investigation.

Roadside prohibition

A local male received a 90 day driving suspension and 30 day vehicle impoundment after police conducted a traffic stop on the night of July 15. “Police observed a vehicle travelling at a slow rate of speed and noticed that the driver was unable to maintain lanes,” stated Cst. Lainchbury. A traffic stop was conducted with the vehicle and the investigating officer formed suspicion that the driver had alcohol in his system. Police allege that the driver failed to provide a sufficient sample of his breath into an approved screening device, and after three separate attempts the driver was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition for failing to provide a sample of his breath.

Crash for suspected intoxicated driver

On July 16 police responded to a collision on Highway 1 near the Beaverfoot turnoff in which a vehicle had went off the road and crashed into the cement medians. The male was uninjured. “Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the collision however we were unable to prove that the male was intoxicated at the time of the crash,” advised Cst. Lainchbury.

Single vehicle MVI

Police were advised of a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 south of Parson on July 17. The driver reported that he had swerved to miss a deer causing him to leave the roadway. The male driver sustained minor injuries but was released from hospital shortly after.

Tires slashed

Police are seeking information after it was reported that the tires of a vehicle parked on 11th Avenue North overnight had been slashed. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.

Vehicle keyed

On July 17, police received a call regarding a vehicle being ‘keyed’ while parked at Emerald Lake. The complainant advised that he had been in an argument earlier in the day over a parking spot, which he believed is the reason his rental vehicle had been damaged. At this time police have no suspects and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Bikes impounded

Two motorcycles were impounded for 30 days after one of them drove off of the road in the canyon just east of Golden on July 18. Police attended to the collision and noted that the drivers, who admitted to drinking during their trip, appeared to be intoxicated. Roadside breath tests were administered which resulted in failed readings for both, which also resulted in the drivers receiving a 90 day driving prohibition. The male involved in the collision was transported to the Golden Hospital by BC Ambulance with minor injuries, and was released later that evening.


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