POLICE REPORT: Icy roads leads to five collisions in one morning

A selection of police files from January 13 to 18.

January 13

At 2:52 a.m. a drunk, 41-year-old Kitimat man was jailed until sober after police picked him up outside the Nechako Centre, after responding to a complaint of the male urinating on a building on Albatross Street. Once sober the man was released, and given a violation ticket for public intoxication.

At 5:26 a.m. a vehicle was stopped on Kingfisher Avenue to check the driver’s licence of the vehicle. The driver was identified as having a driving prohibition, an the 26-year-old Kitimat man faces charges relating to driving while prohibited, and had the vehicle impounded for seven days.

January 14

At 12:30 p.m the police were called to the City Centre Mall on a shoplifting call. Officers were informed of stolen candy and sunglasses from two different shops. A short time later the police were called on a mischief file to the Kitimat Public Library, from the same male. The police say the file is still under investigation.

January 15

Police are working to return a snowblower to its owner after an attempted theft. A caller alerted the police to the theft, from a home on Gwyn Street, after the caller saw the suspect pushing the snowblower on a pathway behind their home. The suspect fell, and then abandoned the snow blower and ran when the suspect realized he had been seen. The report came in at 8:40 p.m.

At 1:49 a.m.  the RCMP were called on a report of a person threatening to harm himself and police. The male was found to not be a threat to anyone on investigation and, being as this was the second call the police had to this home that day, arrested the person for breach of peace and held in cells until sober.

January 16

There were five collisions reported on Highway 37, between Kitamaat Village Road and the Kitimat River Bridge, between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Road conditions were considered a primary cause, as vehicles were sliding off roadways due to slippery conditions. Only minor injuries, and some moderate damage to vehicles, were reported. Police alerted road contractor Nechako Northcoast, and the police also suggest the public call the company at 1-800-665-5051 to report any immediate problems on the road as well.

January 17

A red-light drive through had police pulling over a vehicle at Haisla Boulevard and Kuldo Boulevard. The officer noted signs of impairment and a roadside screening of the 46-year-old Kitimat  found he was indeed intoxicated, and the driver was given a roadside prohibition and had the vehicle impounded for a month.

January 18

Police were called to a single vehicle collision near the landfill on Highway 37. The driver said he was heading south when he hit some black ice and slid in to the ditch. Police also observed the road was icy. There were no driver injuries but the vehicle suffered moderate damage.


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