Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for Feb. 11 to 18:
On Feb. 11, a shoplifter was caught by staff at a business in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt, stealing an article of clothing. The suspect, who is well known to police, is being investigated for a similar offence. Charges are being recommended.
On Feb. 11, a possible break and enter was reported at a vacant residence in the 5700 block of Medusa Street in Sechelt, after a neighbour noticed someone with a flashlight inside the house.
RCMP attended and located two people who advised they had permission from the homeowner to inspect the house for some repair work. The homeowner was contacted and she confirmed the story.
Late on Feb. 11, police pulled over a suspected impaired driver in the 5800 block of Turnstone Crescent in Sechelt. The "N" driver admitted to consumption of alcohol and was given a roadside-alcohol screening test. After two fail results, the driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a violation ticket for drive contrary to restrictions. The vehicle was also impounded for 30 days.
On Feb. 12, police attended a single-vehicle accident in the 5600 block of Cowrie Street in Sechelt, after a vehicle struck the side of a building.
The driver, who was not impaired, advised that the brakes had failed. The driver advised that a friend had topped up the brake fluid the day before, but it was determined there was no brake fluid in the vehicle. The collision caused minor structural damage to the building and the vehicle had to be towed.
A driver's licence medical review and a vehicle inspection have been requested.
On Feb. 14, police attended a single-vehicle accident on Highway 101 near Largo Road in Roberts Creek, after a northbound vehicle lost control on the wet road and ended up in the ditch. The lone driver and occupant was unhurt, but the vehicle sustained significant front-end damage.
The driver, who was not impaired, was issued a violation ticket for speeding relative to conditions.
On Feb. 14, police witnessed a possible impaired driver pull out from Trail Avenue onto Highway 101 in Sechelt and drive erratically before stopping in a parking lot. The driver was issued a roadside alcohol-screening test, which resulted in a fail. Since the driver had already received a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition in 2013, RCMP is recommending charges of impaired driving to Crown counsel.
On Feb. 14, police witnessed a speeding and aggressive driver on Highway 101 near Wharf Road in Sechelt. Police pulled the vehicle over and noted the smell of burnt marijuana on the driver. The driver advised he had ingested marijuana and was issued the standard field sobriety test. The driver, who performed poorly on the test, was read the drug recognition expert demand and detained for impaired driving. The vehicle was towed and when searched, an amount of cannabis resin and "butter" was found. The driver was charged with possession of a controlled substance and eventually released on a promise to appear in Sechelt provincial court.
On Feb. 15, police were advised of a possible impaired driver leaving a business in the 5500 block of Highway 101 in Sechelt.
A witness provided a licence plate number, vehicle and driver description and police located and pulled over the suspect vehicle nearby.
The driver, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication, was given a roadside-alcohol screening test, which resulted in a fail. The Class 7 driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a violation ticket for drive contrary to restrictions. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
On Feb. 15, police witnessed a vehicle fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Lower Road and Roberts Creek Road.
The vehicle was pulled over and police noted a strong odour of alcohol coming from the full car. The driver admitted to having had one glass of wine earlier in the evening and advised her passengers had consumed alcohol as well.
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. Overnight on Feb. 16, a vehicle theft was reported in the 6000 block of Garden Bay Road. The owner reported keys had been left in the ignition and there was half a tank of gas. Hours later, the owner called back to advise the vehicle had been returned undamaged. The culprit turned out to be an intoxicated friend who had walked by the vehicle the night before, noted the keys and decided to use the car to drive himself home.
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