Merritt RCMP Detachment - Weekly Media Report


2021-09-21 15:31 PDT

The Merritt RCMP weekly report contains information about new charges and Court outcome.

Merritt Diver convicted of Impaired Driving stemming from a collision on Highway 8.
Merritt RCMP File #2021-1701

On April 23, 2021, the Merritt RCMP responded to the scene of a collision involving a single vehicle crash into a telephone pole on highway 8 in Lower Nicola. Despite failing to remain at the scene, our officers quickly identified and located the driver at a local residence. On September 14, 2021, Sheila Bodnar was convicted of Operating with over 80milligrams of alcohol and received a $2,000 fine and a 1-year Driving Prohibition.

Prohibited Salmon Arm Driver caught in Merritt
Merritt RCMP File #2021-848

On March 1, 2021, in its efforts to tackle road safety the Merritt RCMP conducted a check stop at the intersection of Nicola Avenue and Juniper Drive in Merritt. Officers stopped a Salmon Arm motorist who was operating a vehicle contrary to a driving prohibition. On September 14, 2021, Vern Clemah was convicted under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for Driving While Prohibited and received a $500 fine, $75 Victim Surcharge and a 14 days jail sentence.

Gun fired at a local resident while operating his excavator
Merritt RCMP File #2021-4898

On September 17, 2021, The Merritt RCMP responded to a complaint of shots fired at a local resident while operating his excavator on a rural property near Merritt. Officers quickly mobilized in the area and located the male suspect driving away from the scene and still in possession of a rifle. Officers safely arrested the male suspect without incident. The case is before the Crown for a charge assessment with Merritt officers recommending various weapons charges against the accused.
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Released by:
Staff Sergeant Major Stephan J. Drouin
Detachment Commander
Merritt RCMP

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