Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for July 30 to Aug. 6:
• On Aug. 3, police attempted to initiate a traffic stop with a known prohibited driver on Wharf Avenue near East Porpoise Bay Road, Sechelt. The driver failed to stop and accelerated down Lamprey Lane, and through two stop signs before police located the vehicle on Trident Avenue a short time later. The suspect fled on foot and patrols for him were negative. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.
• On Aug. 4, two witnesses reported an impaired driver leaving Ruby Lake headed towards Gibsons, after the vehicle was seen swerving in the road with occupants tossing bottles out the windows. Police located the suspect vehicle on Redrooffs Road, Halfmoon Bay. Police noted the driver exhibiting signs of intoxication and the driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test. After two “fail” results, the N driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver also received a violation ticket for driving contrary to restriction.
• On Aug. 3, a witness reported a driver drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the Powell River ferry heading to Sechelt, and provided vehicle details and description. Police initiated a traffic stop with the suspect on Highway 101 near Madeira Park Road, and spoke with the driver who advised that he’d consumed alcohol on the ferry. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and after two “warn” results, was issued a three-day immediate roadside prohibition.
• On Aug. 5, police attended a complaint of horses running loose on Reed Road near Stewart Road, Gibsons. Four horses were located grazing on a lawn in the 600 block of Woodland Avenue and several neighbours assisted in wrangling the horses. After a fruitless search for the owners, police located a likely home for the horses on Esperanza Road and the animals were safely secured inside the yard.
• On Aug. 4, police attended a theft complaint at a business in the 900 block of Gibsons Way, after two young suspects were caught by staff stealing a variety of items. The youth were cooperative with staff and forthcoming with police and as neither had a criminal history, the business agreed to refer this incident to the Restorative Justice Program.
• On Aug. 6, police initiated a traffic stop with a known invalid driver leaving a business in the 5500 block of Highway 101 and determined the driver was also a candidate for an Indefinite Driving Suspension. While speaking with the driver, police also discovered he had stolen property in his possession. The driver was arrested for theft under $5,000, served the Indefinite Driving Suspension and a violation ticket for no driver’s licence. Police drove the suspect back to the business to return the stolen property; the business declined to press charges but did issue the suspect a ban from the business.
– Sunshine Coast RCMP