POLICE BEAT: Mom, kids escape dad in Campbell River

A mother and her children were lucky to escape violent encounter with estranged husband

A mother and her children were lucky to escape uninjured following a violent encounter with her estranged husband.

According to RCMP, the incident occurred on April. 9, when police responded to an urgent call for help.

The man, who is well-known to police, had assaulted his wife who then fled to her vehicle with the kids. The man then grabbed a sledgehammer and smashed one of the vehicle windows.

By the time officers arrived, the man was being restrained by others. He was arrested and is facing a number of charges including assault with a weapon and mischief.


Rash of vehicle B&Es

Beware of thief stealing from vehicles in the vicinity of South Alder Street and Cormorant Road.

Between April 11-15, police received 20 reports of thefts from vehicles, but they believe there could be far more which have not been reported.

Thirteen of the thefts occurred in the area named above. Police believe the culprit is targeting vehicles with valuable items and returning at night to steal the goods, whether the vehicle is locked or not. Some of the stolen items include loose change, clothing, a laptop computer, projector, stereo equipment, radar detector, GPS unit, digital cameras and other personal electronic items.

Police are reminding the public to properly secure their vehicles, remove any valuables and to report any thefts or suspicious occurrences.


Drunken learning curve

On April 12, at 2:30 a.m., police stopped a vehicle on Quinsam Crescent.

The male driver who had just turned 18 only had a learner’s licence and displayed symptoms of impairment.

After failing a roadside test, the driver was brought back to the detachment where he provided breath samples more than twice the legal limit.

The teen is facing charges of impaired driving and under the Motor Vehicle Act. This was one of three impaired driving charges handed out over the past week.