Week on the beat: Police respond to erratic drivers, thefts and warrants

Cranbrook RCMP responded to 162 calls for service from March 23 to 29.

There were 162 calls for service from March 23 to 29. Cranbrook RCMP Staff Sgt. Dave Dubnyk gave the weekly police report.

March 23

7:56 a.m. Report of a vehicle hitting a deer.

9:10 a.m. An officer on patrol pulled over a vehicle for a seatbelt violation, but it turned out the driver did not have a driver’s licence and also had outstanding arrest warrants. The driver was issued violation tickets for the seatbelt infraction and driving without a valid licence. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Dubnyk said the arrest warrants were out of Alberta and the issuing agency has not chosen to extend them at this time.

9:11 a.m. Theft of beer was reported form a local beer and wine store. Police are looking at surveillance video and the matter is still under investigation.

11:00 a.m. An abandoned 911 call turned out to be a pocket dial.

12:55 p.m. An erratic driver was reported. The vehicle was a white Pontiac Firebird with B.C. licence plates. It was weaving in and out of traffic and cutting other drivers off. Police could not locate the vehicle or driver, but forwarded the information and licence plate to Elk Valley RCMP, where the vehicle is registered.

1:16 p.m. Cranbrook RCMP received a request to help execute an unendorsed arrest warrant on a person in Cranbrook. An unendorsed warrant means the subject has to appear in front of a justice prior to being released.

4:55 p.m. Report of a break and enter at a rural residence. A 32-inch Vizio television was stolen.

7:30 p.m. Police received a call from a local motel requesting the removal of an unwanted guest.

9:21 p.m. Report of a hit and run.

10:34 p.m. B.C. ambulance requested assistance with a patient.

March 24

12:43 p.m. Police received a request for assistance from some hikers lost in the Bull River area. Search and rescue and police were on route when they got a followup call from the hikers saying the response was no longer required.

1:11 p.m. A vehicle was driven into a tree. Police attended and after speaking to witnesses issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention. The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

1:40 p.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on the 800 block of 4th Avenue South.

2:52 p.m. BC Ambulance requested assistance for a combative patient.

4:33 p.m. Report of a break and enter at a rural area property. The perpetrator(s) lit a fire in the residence. Dubnyk said it likely carries over from a previous domestic dispute.

5:23 p.m. Police were requested to checked the wellbeing of an individual. They attended and spoke to the person who had been consuming alcohol. They determined the person not a harm to themselves or others and left them at their residence.

5:49 p.m. A caller complained that a person and their vehicle was camping off road in the Fort Steele area. The person felt they should not be camping there. Police attended and found the person camping had been camping near the river but moved further up towards the highway when a group of bears showed up. Police found no issues with the camping.

8:19 p.m. An assault in progress was reported. The caller said four teenagers had ganged up on another teenager. However, when police located the four, they said it was another two that had instigated a fight and the person in their group had only been protecting themselves. Police patrolled but could not locate the other group.

March 25

3:00 a.m. An attempted break and enter was reported. The owner was inside the business while a group tried to break in. The owner managed to scare them away. Police located and arrested some subjects.

8:10 a.m. An attempted theft was reported on the 1200 block of 13th Street South. The report was a result of someone checking car doors.

8:19 a.m. A side window of a vehicle was reported smashed and a black leather satchel taken.

10:11 a.m. A business on Van Horne had it’s front door window smashed, but entry was not gained into the business.

10:13 a.m. A bike was found in the skatepark and handed to police.

10:47 a.m. Report of theft of bag of groceries from a local grocery store. The suspect vehicle had B.C. licence plates and the matter is under investigation.

2:49 p.m. Report of shoplifter at local grocery store.

3:05 Langley RCMP asked the Cranbrook detachment to check up on a missing person file. The suspected the person may be in Cranbrook. Police attended the provided address, but no one had seen the person.

4:33 p.m. An assault was reported at a local residence. An intoxicated person punchhed someone then refused to leave. Police attended and removed the person, then left them in the care of a sober person. No further problems were reported.

5:13 p.m. The hospital requested help in dealing with a aggravated patient.

8:04 p.m. A single vehicle accident in which a motorcycle and rider wiped out on gravel. The rider was fine, and the bike had minor damage.

9:13 p.m. Police on patrol came across a highly intoxicated person, who was subsequently arrested and lodged in a cell until sober.

10:11 p.m. A caller reported seeing a cougar in the 2200 block of 8th Street North.

March 26

1:30 a.m. An intoxicated male was trying to get into a local service station. Police arrived and had a conversation with the person. He’d just called a taxi, it arrived and took him to his residence, with no further issues reported.

2:44 p.m. A suspicious person was reported downtown. The person was trying to sell things to businesses and the caller thought it was suspicious.

4:29 p.m. Police receive a report of a possible suicidal person. Police attended and brought the person to hospital for further assessment.

5:00 p.m. Two highly intoxicated males were stuck in a ditch near Idlewild Park. Both were arrested and lodged in cells until sober.

March 27

12:23 a.m. A report of a domestic dispute.

12:27 a.m. Police checked on a possibly suicidal person. The person was deemed not a harm to themselves or others.

4:13 a.m. Elk Valley RCMP requested Cranbrook RCMP to obtain a statement from a local person.

11:21 a.m. A paper file folder was reported found on the 700 block of 14th Avenue South.

11:23 a.m. A found purse was dropped off at the RCMP office.

2:52 p.m. Report of a disturbance at a local liquor store.

4:43 p.m. An intoxicated person was reported to have passed out on a lawn on 2nd Street North. The person was lodged in a cell until sober.

5:45 p.m. A attempted fraud was reported after someone tried to gain access to a bank account with fake identification. The bank called after the person had left. Police spoke to witnesses and are reviewing surveillance.

8:47 p.m. A report of domestic dispute.

10:03 p.m. The hospital requested help dealing with an aggressive patient.

10:53 p.m. A loud party was reported on 700 block of 21st Avenue North.

March 28

12:26 a.m. Report of a loud party on the 2100 block of 30th Avenue South.

12:28 p.m. A loud party was reported on the 1500 block of 1st Street South.

3:43 a.m. Police conducted a traffic stop. A driver was found to have consumed alcohol and refused to provide a breath sample. He was issued a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver was also found to be in breach of court ordered conditions.

4:05 p.m. A report of domestic dispute.

5:00 p.m. A caller said they had overheard threats at a local liquor establishment. The matter is being investigated, but there are no charges as of yet.

6:27 p.m. A report was called in about what looked like blood on the road on 14th Avenue South. Police arrived and did not find anything to believe it was blood.

7:57 p.m. A report of a possible impaired driver was called in. The vehicle was located but no one was around. Later officers saw the vehicle being driven and pulled it over. The driver passed a roadside screening and was free to drive away.

March 29

12:02 a.m. A possible impaired driver was reported. Police patrolled the area, but couldn’t locate the vehicle. There were no further calls on the vehicle.

3:28 a.m. A suspicious person was reportedly checking vehicle doors to see if they were unlocked. The person was located and arrested on attempted theft from a vehicle. The person was released on a promise to appear in court in June.

11:02 a.m. Police received a report of ongoing speeding issues on 14th Avenue South.

12:24 p.m. A caller reported a abandoned automobile.

12:33 p.m. Police attended a local restaurant to deal with an unruly customer.

7:47 p.m. A possible impaired driver was called in. Police located the driver and determined alcohol had been consumed. The driver blew a fail and received a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

9:01 p.m. A two vehicle collision occurred. No one was injured.