‘Wicked Woods’ rave attracts police attention

Kimberley RCMP stopped four impaired drivers this past weekend — all but one were grabbed before noon.

  • Oct. 9, 2013 12:00 p.m.

CAROLYN GRANT

Kimberley RCMP stopped four impaired drivers this past weekend, and interestingly, says Cpl. Chris Newel, all but one were grabbed during the day, before noon.

Newel says detachment members learned of a rave — dubbed Wicked Woods — planned for the weekend, near Ta Ta Creek.

Newel says members planned to be out in the area as much as possible, to set up road checks to target impaired driving and other motor vehicle infractions, and as things went, they ended up being out there more during the day than at night.

“During the day, officers gave out two 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) for impaired driving and one 24-hour prohibition for impaired by drugs,” Cpl. Newel said. “Charges are being recommended for one Drive While Prohibited and one Breach of Probation.  In addition officers seized marijuana and issued a number of violation tickets for open liquor in a motor vehicle and other offences.

“On Saturday night officers stopped two vehicles travelling well above the posted speed limit on Highway 95A between Kimberley and Marysville. One driver showed signs of impairment but failed to provide a sample of his breath.  He was issued a 90-day IRP and his vehicle impounded for 30 days. The penalty is the same as impaired driving.”