Black Press file photo

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Fraud scam, car in ditch among weekly Kitimat RCMP report

Kitimat RCMP report from Dec. 18 to 24

Every week, the Kitimat RCMP publishes a list of several of the calls they responded to that week. Here’s the report from Dec. 18 to 24.

Check-in call

On December 18 just before 10 p.m., Kitimat RCMP responded to a check well-being as the caller was concerned about their roommate who was intoxicated and in distress. Police arrived and spoke with the person for a while, and learned that they were feeling suicidal. Paramedics were called and took the person to the hospital for further medical and mental health assessment.

Difficult roads

On December 19, shortly before 6 p.m., police responded to a motor vehicle collision at the Lahakas and Haisla Boulevards intersection. Police then found out that the collision was a result of the poor road conditions due to the heavy snowfall. Police ensured there were no injuries and that both involved parties exchanged insurance information.

Intoxicated driver

On December 20 12:15 a.m., an officer was doing their patrols and saw a vehicle swerving on the road. Police conducted a traffic stop and became suspicious that the driver was under the influence of drugs. They subsequently conducted a roadside sobriety test, which the driver failed. The vehicle was impounded and the driver faces criminal charges.

‘RCMP’ fraud scam

On December 21, shortly before 5 p.m., a woman said she received a phone call from the “RCMP” who said she was being investigated for fraud and would be arrested unless she sent them money. The person on the phone told the woman her social insurance number and that she was not allowed to tell anyone about what happened. The Kitimat RCMP would like the public to be aware of this scam, and that if they receive a call like this to contact the Kitimat RCMP detachment or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (1-888-495-8501) and not to send money to unknown people.

Intoxicated driver x2

On December 22, just before 7:30 p.m., while conducting routine patrols, a Kitimat RCMP officer noted a vehicle driving slowly in what appeared to be an overly cautious manner. They initiated a traffic stop and became suspicious that the person was under the influence of alcohol. The driver failed the roadside sobriety test twice, which resulted in a 30-day vehicle impound and a 90-day driving prohibition.

Car in ditch

On December 24 just after 9:30 a.m., Kitimat RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy 37, about 15 minutes outside of Kitimat. The caller reported the driver was outside of the vehicle and was uninjured. Officer arrived and learned that the driver had applied the brakes after being passed which caused the vehicle to swerve into the ditch. The vehicle was recovered without any significant damage and was still able to be driven.

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