An intoxicated male was reported to the RCMP near 2 p.m. Callers said the person was passed out on the third floor landing of an apartment building on Albatross Avenue, and was in the way of workers doing renovations. Police say the individual had no fixed address and could not be taken somewhere where a person could care for him so he was taken to the RCMP holding cells to sober up. He was released once sober and issued a violation ticket.
Police had to track down an abandoned 9-1-1 call when attempts to call the number back failed. Tracking the GPS coordinates for the phone police determined the caller was likely at the Rio Tinto Alcan smelter area. Police later learned the caller had been calling 9-1-1 to report a fire at the KMP camp but was then evacuated.
An attentive officer spotted a prohibited driver driving a truck, while the officer was parked near Haisla Boulevard and Kingfisher. The driver was arrested for driving while prohibited and released with a notice to appear in court at a later time.
Police were called to another intoxicated person on Albatross Avenue who had passed out on the third floor landing of the property. The male had no fixed address and while the emergency shelter was active for this day, the shelter does not accept intoxicated individuals. He was housed in the RCMP cells until sober and released with a violation ticket for public intoxication.
A three-vehicle collision was reported to the RCMP at Lahakas Boulevard and Haisla Boulevard. Police found a white cube van which had made contact with Ford Edge. Police determined that the cube van was being towed when it came loose and struck the other vehicle. The tow truck operator was charged with having insecure cargo. There were no reported injuries. RCMP estimate damages in the $6,000 range.
At 5 a.m. police were called to the RBC bank, and found a man laying in the ATM vestibule. The male was reportedly very intoxicated but was found to have injuries. The person alleged he was assaulted but could not say why he thought that. The attending officer believes the injuries are more in line with a fall rather than a fight. The person was transported to the hospital.
Officers conducted a bar walk at a local business shortly before 3 a.m. Police followed a suspicious person into the male washroom and asked to see the person’s hands before they walked into a bathroom stall as it appeared the person was holding something. The person then revealed to allegedly be holding “two flaps” of cocaine (about .4 to half a gram’s worth). The person was arrested and allegedly found with eight more flaps. The person was arrested for possession of cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was released with a promise to appear in court in April. The person is under conditions now to not have a cellphone or electronic communication device.
Two youths, a driver and a passenger, drove a pick-up truck off a dirt road and into some trees near Kokanee Avenue. The pair later admitted to police that they had taken the passenger’s mother’s truck while she was out of town and neither had a driver’s licence. Traffic tickets were issued to the driver and they were taken home. The father of the driver was home and was explained the ticket by the officer. Police say the truck had extensive damage and was likely a write-off.
If you have any information about these or any other crimes please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash reward.