POLICE BEAT: In a hurry to get charged

The driver of a white truck was in a hurry to get somewhere early Sunday morning

The driver of a white truck was in a hurry to get somewhere early Sunday morning.

Somewhere ended up being in the RCMP’s bad books.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard reports that the truck driver and his “very intoxicated” passenger were stopped at 2:23 a.m. travelling at high speed on Ironwood Street. A demand was made that the driver provide a sample of breath.  He refused and is now facing charges of refusing to provide a breath sample and impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The passenger was arrested due to their level of intoxication and held for their own safety.

Meanwhile, Sunday afternoon a second intoxicated driver was arrested following a single vehicle crash at Willis Road and the Island Highway. The driver fled the scene and went into a nearby liquor store.  Police found him and determined that he had been consuming liquor prior to the crash. The driver was arrested and provided samples of breath that were more than twice the legal limit.  The driver will be facing charges of impaired driving.


Thief gets to make it right

A remorseful purse snatcher has caught a break, rehabilitation through the Campbell River Restorative Justice Program rather than punishment in the Provincial Court system.

Police report that a Shopper’s Drug Mart customer left her purse unattended in her cart last week and a female grabbed it and began running out of the store with the rightful owner hot on her heels. The thief dropped the purse and continued running but was caught by police and arrested. The suspect was very remorseful about the incident and did not have a criminal history. After consultation with the victim it was decided that the thief should participate in the restorative justice program.


Food bank robbery

A Christmas grinch has broken into the Campbell River Food Bank.

Last week it was discovered that unknown culprits gained entry to the building by forcing a door. Food bank staff have not been able to assess what if anything was taken because they don’t have an inventory tracking system and there has been a daily influx of donations during the Christmas season.  However, fingerprints were lifted at the scene and the B&E remains under investigation.


Police dog puts a bite on crime

Two bungling thieves are licking their wounds after an RCMP dog handler let his four-legged partner make an early morning arrest last Wednesday.

Two males had stolen pornographic magazines from the 7-11 store on Dogwood Street and then went across the street and to break into the Fusilli Grill where they stole liquor. Police attended, a containment perimeter was set up and the police dog did the rest. Both suspects, well known to the RCMP, were taken into custody and transported to cells after being treated at Campbell River Hospital. Both subjects have been remanded in custody.


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