Sunshine Coast RCMP reported the following for March 4 to 11:
• On March 5, police attended a two-vehicle incident in the 3100 block of Highway 101, Roberts Creek, after a westbound vehicle stopped behind a vehicle attempting to make a left turn off the highway and was struck from behind by a second vehicle. The first vehicle received minor damage but the second vehicle sustained significant damage and had to be towed from the scene. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. A witness reported the second vehicle driver had braked too late to stop in time. Police issued the second vehicle driver a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On March 9, police attended a two-vehicle incident in the 3200 block of Highway 101, Roberts Creek, after a vehicle attempted to pull out of his driveway onto the highway and was T-boned by another vehicle. Both vehicles sustained noticeable damage but, fortunately, no life-threatening injuries were reported. Both drivers advised that the sight lines that would have allowed them to see each other were obstructed by vehicles parked near the first driver’s driveway. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On March 5, police attended a single-vehicle incident in the 2100 block of Highway 101, Roberts Creek, after a southbound vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, lost control and spun out into the northbound ditch, striking a bus stop pole before coming to a stop. The unimpaired driver, who was unhurt, advised he’d been reaching for something that fell under his foot and looked away briefly from the road when he lost control. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On March 5, police attended a single-vehicle incident in the 11600 block of Highway 101, Madeira Park, after the driver lost control and drove into a ditch. The driver, who was exhibiting signs of possible impairment, was given and failed a roadside alcohol screening test. The passenger, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, was transported to Sechelt Hospital. The uninjured driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his damaged vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver was also issued a violation ticket for failing to keep right. The matter has been referred to RoadSafetyBC.
• On March 5, police attended a single-vehicle incident on Highway 101 near Monkey Tree Lane after a vehicle went off the road and into a ditch before coming to a rest against a power line support cable. The driver was found unhurt outside his vehicle. A witness advised that the vehicle had been driven erratically, at varying speeds and in and out of its lane, from Gibsons. The driver was given a roadside alcohol screening test and passed but failed a Standard Field Sobriety Test. The driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and a violation ticket for no driver’s licence.
• On March 8, a witness reported a possible impaired driver on Highway 101 near Gail Road, Roberts Creek, after the vehicle was seen swerving all over the road and nearly striking vehicles along the way. Police located the vehicle and suspect driver in Gibsons and determined he was not impaired but was possibly dealing with medical issues. A driver’s licence medical fitness review has been requested. The matter has been referred to ICBC.
• On March 8, police attended a shoplifting complaint at a business in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt, after staff witnessed the suspect concealing unpaid-for goods in his coat before leaving the premises. The suspect was detained and the item was recovered. The suspect was released without charges but has been issued a lifetime ban from the business.
Theft from Vehicle
• Overnight on March 10, a suspect gained entry to a vehicle parked in the 5700 block of Cowrie Street, Sechelt, by smashing a window and stole a purse containing a wallet and laptop computer. Police remind the public to remove any valuables from their vehicles to deter opportunistic thieves.
– Sunshine Coast RCMP