Sunshine Coast RCMP released the following for Dec. 18 to 31:
• On Dec. 18, police attended to traffic collision on the Port Mellon Highway after a gas tanker's chains broke and the rig got stuck in the middle of the road. Capilano Highways and a nearby BC Hydro crew assisted in helping get the rig moved to a safer location, allowing the road to be re-opened.
• Early on Dec. 18, a vandal broke a lock off of a pump house in the 12800 block of Highway 101. Nothing was stolen, but the complainant said several unreported thefts had occurred in the area recently.
Police would like remind residents of the importance of reporting thefts, however minor, to help give an accurate picture of what sorts of crimes are occurring where.
• Overnight on Dec. 18, a thief gained entry into a vehicle parked in the 1600 block of Field Road in Wilson Creek and stole a variety of items including a radar detector, a GoPro camera, a suitcase full of towels and a blue 1,600 watt Crunch amplifier.
• Police attended several motor vehicle collisions up and down the Coast where drivers have lost control on icy roads. RCMP would like to remind the public to please ensure your vehicles are properly equipped for winter driving and to drive appropriately for the road conditions.
• On Dec. 18, a police officer witnessed a driver commit a traffic infraction at Wharf Road and Dolphin Road in Sechelt. The officer pulled the vehicle over and noticed the odour of alcohol from the driver. The driver advised he'd had a beer shortly before driving. He was issued a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in a “fail” reading. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• On Dec. 18, a thief gained entry into an unlocked residence in the 700 block of School Road in Gibsons and stole a variety of items including a Mexican silver "warrior" bracelet, described as having six bars criss-crossing each other, a white gold and Australian opal ring, a large silver necklace with a blue Aztec Warrior medallion.
• On Dec. 19, an officer witnessed a possibly impaired driver run a red light at Inlet Avenue and Teredo Street in Sechelt.
The driver then made a turn onto Trail Avenue without signaling, ran over the curb and made an abrupt left turn, again without signaling, into a parking lot.
The driver exhibited signs of intoxication and had an open can of beer in the centre console. The driver admitted to having consumed alcohol a few hours prior to driving. The driver was issued a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in a “warn” reading. The driver was issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition and her vehicle was towed to her residence. She was also issued a violation ticket for possessing open liquor in motor vehicle.
• On Dec. 24, an officer came across a single-vehicle accident on Highway 101 near Gail Road in Roberts Creek. The driver of the vehicle, which was facing south in the northbound ditch, was unhurt and advised he had been heading north when he hit a slick patch in the curve and lost control. Speed is not considered a factor and no violation ticket was issued. The vehicle sustained damage and had to be towed.
• On Dec. 26, a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 1100 block of Highway 101. A staff member witnessed the male suspect try on several items before leaving with one on, get into a vehicle and drive away. The witness was able to write down the licence plate number and police located the suspect and vehicle a short time later. The suspect was arrested for theft under $5,000 and the stolen item was recovered and returned to the business.
• On Dec. 27, a possible impaired driver was reported by two witnesses who advised the swerving vehicle was heading southbound on Highway 101 from Garden Bay. Police located and stopped the vehicle near Redrooffs Road in Selma Park and spoke with the driver who advised he worked night shift and was very tired. The driver was warned about the dangers of driving when tired. The officer followed the driver until he was satisfied the driver was able to maintain his lane and get home safely.
• On Dec. 28, witnesses reported a possible impaired driver heading from Gibsons towards Sechelt. The witnesses, who noted the vehicle sped up and slowed down randomly, swerved in and out of its lane, crossing the centre line at times, before ending up in a parking lot in the 5500 block of Highway 101.
Police attended and located the suspect driver, who advised she'd had consumed alcohol several hours prior. The driver, who showed signs of intoxication, was given and failed two roadside alcohol-screening tests. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
• On Dec. 28, police attended a two-vehicle accident on Highway 101 near Tapp Road in Halfmoon Bay. The uninjured driver of the southbound vehicle, which ended up in the ditch, advised that he had come around the corner and saw a northbound vehicle coming straight towards him in his lane. The driver swerved to avoid a collision and got clipped by the northbound vehicle, which caused him to lose control and end up in the ditch. The driver of the northbound vehicle, which skidded and ended up down an embankment, was taken to hospital for minor injuries. Alcohol and speed were not factors. Police have requested the northbound driver's licence be reviewed.
• Overnight on Dec. 29, thieves broke into a building in the 11400 block of Highway 101. The suspects cut through a heavy-duty cable and padlock and smashed a window to gain access to the property. The suspects stole a Mastercraft impact wrench and socket kit, a Mastercraft socket set, a Princess Auto impact wrench kit and some scrap wire with metal casing.
• On Dec. 29, a shoplifter was caught at a business in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt after a witness saw the male suspect hide an item in a shopping cart. The suspect tried to flee, but was detained by staff until police arrived. The suspect was arrested for theft and charges are pending.
• On Dec. 30, a possible impaired driver was reported leaving an address in the 5700 block of Wharf Road in Sechelt.
Police made patrols and located the suspect vehicle. The officer witnessed the vehicle driving in the middle of the road. The officer pulled the vehicle and noted the driver exhibiting signs of intoxication. The driver advised he'd consumed alcohol and failed a roadside alcohol-screening test. The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.