RCMP Sergeant concerned about drunk drivers

Police report three impaired drivers caught in one weekend, one with a blood alcohol level nearly double the legal limit.

Police were called to a crash on the Morice Forest Service Road near Houston Forest Products at 7:35 a.m. July 5.

RCMP Sgt. Rose says a truck hit a support wire on a B.C. hydro pole, and lines were knocked down across the road.

Power was not knocked out and police diverted traffic for about three hours until B.C. Hydro repaired the wire.

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Police got a report of a possible impaired driver in Topley at 8:16 p.m. July 5.

Sgt. Rose says police found the driver drunk, arrested him and brought him to the Houston Detachment where he gave two breath samples almost double the legal limit.

He was also in breach of conditions not to consume alcohol, and will face charges for breach and impaired vehicle operation with a blood alcohol level of above 0.08.

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Police got a report of a disturbance at a home on Omineca Cres. at 12:16 p.m. July 6.

Sgt. Rose says police found a drunk male whom the homeowner wanted removed.

The male left the home but because of his level of intoxication was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in cells until sober, Sgt. Rose said.

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Police got a report of a fight in progress, involving at least five people, outside of 2035 Sullivan Way at 1:07 a.m. July 6.

Sgt. Rose says police found one of the people, but they refused to say who else was involved, saying only that it was a consensual fight. No charges are expected.

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Police found a drunk male on Sullivan Way at 2:12 a.m. July 6.

Sgt. Rose says the male was unable to say who he was, where he was or where he was going, and was arrested and lodged in cells until sober.

Police found that the male was also in breach of conditions to abstain from alcohol  and will face breach charges in court.

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Police held a road check for drunk drivers July 6 on Highway 16 at Benson Ave.

Sgt. Rose says they stopped a vehicle with expired insurance, and found that driver seemed impaired, demanded a roadside screen which the driver failed.

The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and their vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Sgt. Rose says road checks will continue as police carry out their commitment to the municipal government.

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Police got a report of a vehicle incident on Mountainview Drive at 11:38 p.m. July 6.

Sgt. Rose says a pickup truck lost a camper onto the roadway when turning onto Hagman Crescent.

Police removed the camper from the road and gave the driver a ticket for having an insecure load.

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Police stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 16 west of Hamblin Frontage Road at 5:52 p.m. July 7.

Sgt. Rose says police suspected alcohol and demanded a breath sample which the driver refused.

The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and their vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Sgt. Rose says it concerns him to have three impaired drivers caught in one weekend.

“It’s very concerning to have that many people on the roadway while under the influence of alcohol,” he said.

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Police got a report of an abandoned vehicle near Highway 16 and Main Street in contained drug paraphernalia including 38 g of marijuana.

The owner of the drugs is unknown and no charges are expected, Sgt. Rose said.

While police were there, a drunk male approached police and was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in cells until sober.

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Police got a report of a possible impaired driver near Highway 16 on the Morice River Road at 1:29 a.m. July 8.

Sgt. Rose says police stopped the vehicle near North Nadina Ave. and found that alcohol was not a factor in the driving behaviour but it was a local mechanic attempting to diagnose a vehicle problem.

The driver was sent on his way without charge, said Sgt. Rose.

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Police got six complaints July 11, starting at 11:17 a.m., about a Facebook page called “Houston Blackbook.”

Sgt. Rose says the page had dirty secrets, gossip and innuendoes regarding various residents of Houston, and had 83 participants at the time of the report.

It is unknown who created the page, but Sgt. Rose says police reported the page to Facebook and had the page removed.

Though comments on the page were of poor taste, there was no criminal offence, and Sgt. Rose reminds people to be wary of the pages they join and notes that they can easily remove themselves from a page.

If people believe there is inappropriate content on a Facebook page, there are options within Facebook to notify them immediately and directly and ask for a page to be removed, said Sgt. Rose.

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Police got a report of a hazard on Highway 16 west of the Houston overpass, at 12:17 a.m. July 11.

Sgt. Rose says the person reported that a firecracker went off in front of their vehicle, and police ran patrols but found no one in the area.

There were no injuries, but Sgt. Rose says there is potential for firecrackers to cause a serious accident, and anyone with information is asked to contact Houston RCMP at 250-845-2204 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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In seven days, police attended eight traffic related complaints and three false residential or commercial alarms, said Sgt. Rose.

 

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