POLICE REPORT: Numerous drunk drivers busted at Christina Lake

A 20-year-old Langley man was amongst those caught for drunk driving out at Christina Lake in the past few weeks.

July 1 At 10:15 p.m. RCMP were patrolling the Texas Creek Campground in Christina Lake and were directed to a young male who was causing trouble. The 29-year old Abbotsford man was intoxicated and was trying to fight other people. He was arrested for being drunk in a public place and was taken in for a night in the cell.

July 2 At 7:45 a.m. police were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 3, between Grand Forks and Christina Lake.

“The driver stated that he fell asleep,” said Cpl. Richard Lanz, of the Grand Forks RCMP. “Odour of alcohol was noted on the driver.”

The 20-year old Langley man was then tested for intoxication and blew a fail. He then received a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and a 30-day impound for his vehicle.

A Delta man was killed in a motorcycle crash on Highway 3 between Christina Lake and Castlegar. Brian Patrick McDonald, 55, died after succumbing to injuries. West Kootenay Traffic Services is investigating the crash.

At 7 p.m. police were called to a disturbance at the main beach in Christina Lake. Police noticed four people drinking on a picnic table. They found a small quantity of alcohol as well as a small bag containing marijuana after a backpack search. The liquor was dumped and the marijuana was seized but Lanz said that because of the small amount, no charges are being laid.

Police received a report of a possible impaired driver leaving the Christina Lake park parking lot. After a short while, the driver was tracked down; the 26-year-old Grand Forks woman blew a fail resulting in a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day impound.

At 10:30 p.m. at the Christina Lake beach, police found two people sitting on the park bench after hours. In front of them was a large bong.

“Which indicated they had just consumed some Cannabis,” Lanz said.

“The bong was seized for destruction.”

July 3 At 1 a.m. on a routine patrol in Christina Lake, officers observed a man stumbling into traffic on Highway 3. The 22-year-old Warfield resident was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and spent the night in a cell, as well as a violation ticket for the public intoxication.

At 1 a.m. in Grand Forks, a male was observed drinking alcohol while walking down the street. The 41-year-old Grand Forks man was arrested for being drunk in a public place spent the night in jail and received a violation ticket for consuming in public and being drunk in a public place.

At 8 p.m. police received a complaint of youth consuming alcohol at the lake. The youth were not charged, as the owner of the alcohol was not known. The alcohol was dumped.

July 9 At 12:25 a.m. police doing stationary radar on Highway 3 and 25th Street in Grand Forks, stopped a vehicle for speeding.

Lanz said a 24-year-old Greenwood man had alcohol on his breath and so was screened, blowing a fail and receiving an impound and driving prohibition.

Later, at 1:40 a.m. the same male was seen walking down the street, drinking a beer, and so received a violation ticket.

July 10 At 3:47 a.m. police were called to Overwaitea Foods, which had been broken into. The window on the door was smashed. A small amount of tobacco products were stolen.

The matter is still being investigated said Lanz.

Anyone that has any information on these or other offences can contact the Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.