Driver leads police home

Police Briefs, April 29 issue of the Grand Forks Gazette

  • May. 1, 2015 9:00 a.m.

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Not safe at home

On April 4 at 7:59 p.m., police observed a speeding vehicle travelling east on Central Avenue.

“As the police vehicle turned around and tried to stop the vehicle,” said Cpl. Richard Lanz of the Grand Forks RCMP detachment. “The lights on the police vehicle were activated and the vehicle did not stop. Police sirens were activated but the vehicle continued and went through some stop signs.”

Lanz said the vehicle continued travelling in excess of 50 km/h and up to 75 km/h in a residential area.

“The vehicle proceeded to his residence and the driver got out of the vehicle,” he said. “He appeared to be staggering while he was heading for his residence. The male was apprehended for impaired driving. The member was assisted by two off-duty members for the arrest.”

Lanz said the driver was issued an automatic driver’s prohibition and will be appearing in court at a later date for refusing to provide a breath sample, impaired driving and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

The driver is a 38-year-old male from Grand Forks.

Test results in driving prohibition

On April 15 at 12:30 a.m. RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop after observing a black GMC Yukon with Alberta plates travelling east on Highway 3 by Second Street.

Cpl. Lanz stated that the driver of the vehicle was noticed to have an odour of alcohol on her breath.

“As a result, a roadside screening device was given,” said Lanz. “The result of that test a warn. The driver of the vehicle was given a three-day driving prohibition.”

Fight outside library

On April 16 at 12:25 p.m. police were called to a fight which occurred outside of the Grand Forks Public Library on Fifth Street between two adult males.

“There was a lot of yelling and screaming going on,” said Lanz. “One male punched the other male a couple of times in the head. There were no visible injuries noted.”

Lanz said the fight occurred after an argument over a possible stolen laptop. The matter is still being investigated. “Charges are being submitted to Crown council,” he said.

Both males are from Grand Forks.

Drunk male on lawn

On April 19 at 6:30 p.m. RCMP received a report of an intoxicated male passed out on a lawn at Christina Lake.

“Police attended and located the male, who was very intoxicated,” said Lanz. “He was arrested for being drunk in a public place. He was brought back and held in custody over night.”

The male, a 52-year-old from Nelson, was released in the morning with a violation ticket for being drunk in a public place.

Mischief near 28 Mile Bridge

On April 20 at 2:14 p.m. police responded to a call about mischief which occurred at the 28 Mile Bridge area to some heavy duty equipment parked in the area.

“Some windows were broken and some gas was stolen,” said Lanz. “A fair amount of damage occurred.”

Any residents seeing anyone messing around with equipment in these areas are urged to call Grand Forks RCMP at 250-442-8288.

Garage broken into

On April 20 at 2:14 p.m. police were called to a report of a garage being broken into on 10th Street.

“Once the suspects were in the garage they rifled through a vehicle that was parked inside,” said Lanz. “It appears nothing had been stolen.”

The police would like to remind people to make sure their vehicles and garages are always locked.

Castlegar driver pulled over

On April 23 at 7:08 RCMP responded to a report of a possible impaired driver travelling from Midway to Grand Forks.

“The complainant said the suspect’s vehicle was weaving quite bad and almost crashed,” said Lanz. “The vehicle was located just west of Grand Forks and a traffic stop was initiated.”

Lanz said the driver showed signs of impairment as a strong odour of liquor could be detected from him.

“An ASD demand was read and the driver refused to provide a breath sample,” said Lanz. “The driver was also on conditions not be in possession of any knives except when preparing meals or in lawful employment. The male did have a knife in his pocket at the time of his arrest.”

Lanz said that charges are being recommended for the driver for impaired driving, failure to provide a breath sample and breach of probation.

The driver is a 46-year-old male from Castlegar driving a Toyota pick-up truck.

The driver was also issued a violation ticket for having open liquor in a motor vehicle.

Semi hits pole

On April 26, a semi-tractor trailer struck and sheered off a power pole on Donaldson Drive.

“The vehicle continued and then pulled over to call police otherwise he would’ve been blocking traffic if he stayed there,” said Lanz. “He was making a left turn onto Donaldson from 19th Street and then hit the pole.”

Lanz said the driver, a 32-year-old male from Coldstream, was going at a very slow rate of speed when hitting the pole. There was very minor damage to the front bumper of the semi.

City crews were called out to repair the power pole. There were no charges.

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