- Our Town
Feb. 2 police stopped a vehicle on Old Cariboo Rd. doe a seatbelt infraction. A short while later, at 11:52 am, the subject of the seatbelt violation called police to report that he felt threatened by members of his former church congregation who were standing nearby laughing at him. The 29 year old Cache Creek man had a verbal exchange with the group after police left. Police interviewed members of the group, one of whom said he was laughing but at an unrelated matter. Charges are not being recommended.
Ontario man posts $1,500 bail
Feb. 2 at 12:12 pm Traffic Service members conducting radar on Hwy 97 by the Bonaparte Reserve stopped a white minivan travelling at 111 kph in the 80 kph zone. The vehicle had Alberta plates, but the driver was a 25 year old man from Toronto who was found to be prohibited from driving on a Canada-wide order. He was arrested for driving while prohibited and consented to being held in custody overnight until a court appearance the following day where he was released on $1,500 bail and the matter was adjourned to an Ontario court. He flew back to Toronto the same day. His vehicle was impounded for seven days.
Lexus in the ditch
Feb. 3 at 5 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 97 near the Hwy 99 junction where a 31 year old Vancouver woman lost control of her 2011 Lexus on slippery roads and put it into the ditch. She was uninjured and there was only minor damage to the car.
Wasn’t butting out
Feb. 4 at 5 am a staff member at the Husky reported that a male from a CN crew threatened to “kick his teeth down his throat” when the man was asked to leave the building after lighting up a cigarette. The matter is still under investigation.
Driver distracted by children
Feb. 4 at 5:54 pm police received a complaint of a possible impaired driver on Hwy 1. The vehicle was stopped on Hwy 1 at the Hwy 97C intersection. The driver was not impaired, but the 47 year old Lytton woman said she was distracted by children in the car.
Impaired by drugs
Feb. 5 at 7:50 pm Traffic Services stopped a Buick on Hwy 97C at Cornwall Rd. and noted an overwhelming odour of burnt marijuana in the vehicle. The 19 year old Ashcroft woman admitted to smoking half a joint an hour earlier. She failed a roadside sobriety test and was given a 24 hour driving prohibition. The vehicle was released to a sober driver.
Generator reported stolen
Feb. 6 a red Honda 500 generator was reported stolen from an unlocked shed on Bancroft St. in Ashcroft. The theft happened sometime in the past week. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to phone police at 250-453-2216.
Heavy equipment stolen
Feb. 7 Broda Construction reported the theft of several thousands of dollars worth of equipment from their work site on Hwy 1 near the McAbee Fossil Pit. Employees discovered that a white 2004 Ford F550 with a picker crane and $20,000 worth of tools in the back was missing. The truck had a Broda Construction decal on it with the number 134 and Saskatchewan plates. A Mac water truck with a white cab and black water tank was also taken. It, too, had a Broda Construction decal and Saskatchewan plates, and the water tank had a large dent on the passenger side. A 2010 Miller Welder, model 500 was taken off the back of another truck - probably the picker crane on the F550 - and stolen, as well as approximately 2,000 Litres of diesel fuel. Investigators think that an onsite backhoe was used to lift and tilt the tank in order to empty out the diesel. Another pickup and two storage containers were broken into, but it isn’t known if anything else was stolen. Police are still investigating the matter.
Rocks tumble onto highway
Feb. 8 at 10:54 am police received multiple reports of large rocks falling on Hwy 1 by Walhachin. Interior Roads was contacted and the rocks were removed before police arrived.
Hit and run at the pumps
Feb. 8 at 11 am a 75 year old Cache Creek man reported a hit and run at the Chevron gas pumps. He told police that a light coloured newer model of pickup backed into his vehicle while he was gassing it up. He went to approach the pickup to talk to the owner, but it took off and headed out to the highway. The incident left scratches and damage on the rear passenger side. Anyone witnessing the incident is asked to contact the RCMP at 453-2216.
Gold necklace missing
Feb. 8 a 69 year old Spences Bridge man reported the loss of a gold necklace valued at just under $5,000. The man told police that noticed it missing after a recent house guest left. The matter is under investigation.
Assault with wine bottle
Feb. 8 at 8:55 pm police were called to a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve by a 53 year old male resident who reported a disturbance there. Officers spoke to several people at the house who stated that one female had threatened another with an empty bottle of wine and then fled on foot. The 45 year old woman from the Bonaparte Reserve was located nearby hitchhiking on Hwy 1. She was arrested for uttering threats, assault and being drunk in a public place. She was held overnight and released. Charges against her are pending.
Driver caught in the middle
Feb. 8 police were called to the OK Stop in Ashcroft by a 29 year old Cache Creek man who was trying to prevent the escape of a man whom he believed had stolen a camera from his property in Ashcroft. By the time police arrived, the man had taken his own action, stabbing a tow truck headlight and kicking the tow truck operator in the groin.
The Cache Creek man advised police that he saw a 52 year old Ashcroft man take the camera from his property and chased him to his truck. He said he tried to place the man under a citizen’s arrest, but the man got into his truck and attempted to start it. The Cache Creek man went into the convenience store to call the police; at the same time, the Ashcroft man was calling for a tow truck. The tow truck arrived before the police, and the Cache Creek man pulled out a knife and tried to hold them at bay. When that didn’t work, he stabbed a headlight in the tow truck. The operator approached the Cache Creek man, asking him to get out of the way so he could move the truck and was dropped with a kick to the groin. Police arrived and calmed the situation. Charges are pending against the two men involved in the initial incident.
The Cache Creek man attended the Detachment and gave his statement. He also consented to the police removal of four long guns from his residence.