Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Dec. 31 to Jan. 6:
• On Dec. 31, police witnessed a vehicle speeding more than 20 km over the posted speed limit on Highway 101 near Menacher Road in Pender Harbour. After confirming the speed with radar, police stopped the vehicle and the driver was issued a violation ticket for speeding and for not holding a valid driver's licence.
• On Jan. 1, police witnessed two intoxicated looking males carrying alcohol walking towards a parked vehicle in the 5700 block of Teredo Street in Sechelt. The males, seeing police, attempted to walk away, but police stopped them to ask if they had been driving. The males denied driving the truck and left on foot.
Police went to the parked truck and observed keys in the ignition and open alcohol in the front cup holders. A third male was found sitting in the rear with an open case of beer.
The male was questioned and found to be an illegal immigrant. Canadian Border Services Agency was contacted and the male was arrested and transported to Vancouver for likely deportation.
• On Jan. 2, a single-vehicle accident occurred on a steep portion of Hallywell Forest Service Road in Pender Harbour.
After the brakes failed, the driver drove the vehicle towards the ditch, which caused the vehicle to flip over onto its roof. The driver and passenger, neither of whom were wearing seatbelts, sustained minor injuries, including concussions, but were able to exit the vehicle and walk to a nearby school.
Paramedics were called and both parties were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Drugs and alcohol were not factors, and the "N" driver was issued a three-month driving prohibition.
• On Jan. 2, a two-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 101 after a northbound vehicle was struck by a vehicle making a left turn off the highway onto Tita Way in Sechelt. Fortunately, no one was injured and the damage to the vehicles was minimal.
Witnesses confirmed the northbound vehicle had the green light, so the driver of the left-turning vehicle was issued a violation ticket for improper turn at an intersection.
• On Jan. 2, a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way after the suspect left the store without paying for a handful of items.
The suspect is described as a light haired Caucasian male, six feet two inches tall, with a thin build wearing jeans and white zip hoody with a leather jacket.
• On Jan. 3, police attended multiple single-vehicle accidents on the Coast from Halfmoon Bay to Roberts Creek, all of which could be attributed to icy road conditions. Fortunately, no major injuries were reported but damage ranged in severity from minor to significant.
• On Jan. 3, police attended a single-vehicle accident in the 11600 block of Highway 101 in Halfmoon Bay, after a vehicle lost control on the icy road and crossed the centre line before crashing into a tree in the ditch.
The driver, who admitted to speeding despite the poor road conditions, was transported by paramedics to hospital for a possible broken ankle. The vehicle sustained major damage and was towed from the scene. The driver was issued a violation ticket for drive without due care.
• On Jan. 3, police attended a two-vehicle collision in the 12300 block of Highway 101 in Madeira Park, after a northbound vehicle crossed the centre line and struck the driver's side of the on-coming southbound vehicle.
The driver of the northbound vehicle admitted she had been driving when she looked down for a second and ended up in the on-coming lane. The driver of the southbound vehicle managed to swerve enough to avoid a head-on collision, but sustained a possible broken arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.
The northbound driver was issued a violation ticket for fail to keep right of a double solid line. Both vehicles had to be towed.
• On Jan. 3, a three-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 101 at Havies Road in Sechelt, after the first vehicle stopped behind a southbound vehicle waiting to make a left turn onto Havies Road. A second vehicle stopped, but the third vehicle driver failed to notice the vehicles were stopped and rear-ended the second vehicle, which in turn rear-ended the first vehicle.
The first two vehicles had to be towed from the scene and the driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital for possible injuries. The file is still under investigation.
• On Jan. 4, police attended to a dog bite incident in on Henry Road near Russell Road in Gibsons, after a runner came up behind a male walking three dogs. One of the dogs, startled by the runner's approach, turned around and bit the runner. The runner and the dog walker exchanged information and the runner was later treated for minor injuries. The matter has been referred to the Town of Gibsons bylaw officer.