2023-04-17 Grand Forks RCMP weekly media release
B.C., Grand Forks
2023-04-17 11:28 PDT
File # Grand Forks RCMP 2023: 855; 888; 892; 893
Roadblock runner faces charges
File # 2023-855
On April 11, 2023 at 6:20 PM, Grand Forks RCMP received a report that a vehicle ran a roadblock set up by highway crews on Highway 3, just east of Christina Lake due to the road closure caused from last weeks’ landslide. The driver ignored requests to stop and drove around the debris and highway crew personnel. Officers began their investigation and were able to quickly identify the driver. A 64-year-old man from Christina Lake was arrested at his residence for Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and later released for a court date at the end of June 2023. This matter is still under investigation.
While we can sympathize with all the motorists and travellers who were impacted by this road closure caused by the landslide, there is simply just no excuse to risk your safety and put others in harms way, stated Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler.
Highway crew members face various risks and dangers and we are just very happy that no one was hurt in this matter.
3 Impaired drivers taken off road in a 24-hour period
File # 2023-888
On April 15, 2023 just after midnight, officers on patrol observed a vehicle spinning its tires, making screeching sounds and then departing quickly from a business on the 1500 block of Central Avenue in Grand Forks. Officers caught up to the vehicle which was noted to be swerving and having difficulty staying in its lane. Officers approached the driver who displayed signs of impairment. The driver, a 19-year-old man from the 100 Mile House area provided samples of his breath and was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP). In addition to losing his license for 3 days, the driver also had his vehicle impounded. The driver was also charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for Driving Without Due Care as well as Drive Contrary to Restrictions.
File # 2023-892
Later on April 15, 2023 at 930 PM, officers stopped a vehicle in the downtown core. In speaking with the driver, officers entered into an impaired driving investigation and had the driver, a 41-year-old man from Princeton provide samples of breath. The result was another 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition, as well as having his vehicle impounded. The man was also given a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for having open liquor in his vehicle.
File # 2023-893
The third impaired investigation was just after midnight on April 16, 2023 when officers noted a vehicle was swaying back and forth inside its lane. The vehicle was stopped on Highway 3 at 25th Street. Officers spoke with the driver, a 45-year-old man from Grand Forks and once again began their impaired driving investigation. The man provided samples of his breath roadside resulting in yet another 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and vehicle impoundment.
Sgt. Darryl PepplerDetachment Commander
Grand Forks - Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment
1608 Central Ave, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0
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