Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for April 15 to 22:
• Early on April 15, police witnessed a vehicle travelling more than 20 km over the posted speed limit eastbound on Highway 101 near Pratt Road in Gibsons.
The vehicle was pulled over and police noted an "N" new driver sticker on the back. The driver, who failed to produce his B.C. driver's licence, admitted consuming alcohol earlier, and was given and failed two roadside alcohol-screening tests.
The driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition, a violation ticket for driving contrary to restrictions and a notice and order to produce his driver's licence. The vehicle was also impounded for 30 days.
• On April 15, police witnessed a vehicle travelling up the Langdale by-pass more than 50 km over the posted speed limit. Police confirmed the vehicle's excessive speed with radar and pulled it over on North Road in Gibsons. The driver was issued a seven-day vehicle impound notice as well as a violation ticket for excessive speed.
• On April 15, a Coast resident replied to an email purportedly from the "Government Gateway Account" advising her that she was eligible for a tax return but that in order to receive it, she needed to provide her social insurance number, credit card info and home address.
After replying to the email, the resident contacted her accountant and learned that her tax return has not been processed yet.
Police warn again to be very wary of any email that appears to be from government or financial institutions, especially those that ask for sensitive information.
Learn more about scams at www.phonebusters.com.
• On April 15, police witnessed a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Gower Point Road and School Road in Gibsons. A traffic stop was initiated and police immediately noted the odour of alcohol on the driver. The driver was given 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.??
• Overnight on April 16, thieves gained entry to a business in the 5600 block of Wharf Avenue in Sechelt and made an unsuccessful attempt to break into a locked shed.
The suspects did gain entry to an unlocked shed and stole a Makita 7.25 inch skill saw, a blue and black Makita bag containing a Makita 18 volt drill, a Makita 18 volt impact drill and a small hand saw. The suspects cut through a fence in the rear of the property to exit.
• On April 16 at approximately 11 a.m. RCMP and the Sechelt fire department were notified of a single-vehicle accident on Sechelt Inlet Road, near Dusty Road.
RCMP learned that a dump truck had been travelling northbound on Sechelt Inlet Road with its box up. The box struck the power lines, the force of which snapped the hydro pole in three and downed several live wires. Emergency crews were forced to shut down traffic for a period of time and delays followed as traffic was reduced to single lane as hydro crews repaired the lines.
The driver, who was not injured, received a violation ticket for insecure load/cargo. The dump truck was towed and issued a notice and order for immediate inspection, as it sustained damage to the box and lift ram.
• Early on April 20, a resident reported a possible prowler in the 4700 block of Francis Peninsula in Madeira Park after seeing an unknown person with a flashlight around an outbuilding. Police attended and while questioning the resident, a male came out of a second residence to investigate the noise. Upon learning of the reason for the police call, the male advised that he had taken the dog out for a bathroom break and used a flashlight.
• On April 20, a complainant reported two people clinging to an overturned boat in Sargent's Bay in Halfmoon Bay. When police arrived, a sailboat was already on scene assisting two young males. Police located the sailboat and boat owner and determined the owner knew the two young males.
The young males advised they had gone out to get a crab trap and had capsized after trying to retrieve an oar. Both youth were suffering from mild hypothermia but refused help from paramedics. Everyone was warned about the importance of proper safety equipment, including life jackets, whenever using any watercraft.
• On April 21, a single-vehicle collision was reported on the corner of Trail Avenue and Reef Road in Sechelt, after a vehicle was heard and seen going into the ditch. When police arrived, they located a lone male sitting near the vehicle with a wounded forehead. The male identified himself as the owner and driver of the vehicle. The male was transported to hospital and while enroute, the male, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication, was read a blood demand for alcohol testing.
After treatment for his injuries, the male refused to provide a blood sample. The male was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition, a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and a court appearance notice for impaired driving and refusing to provide a blood sample. The file is still under investigation.
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