On Friday July 7, one officer was dispatched for six days to assist with monitoring the wildfire situation in Alexis creek area west of Williams Lake. As is protocol, this member was previously identified as the Vanderhoof member representative on BC’s Quick Response Team, always ready to leave immediately to help other communities in need.
On the evening of Saturday July 15, Vanderhoof RCMP members attended eight homes in a rural subdivision in the area of Nickol Rd, Blue Mountain Rd and Layton Rd off highway 27, between the border of Fort St. James and Vanderhoof, to notify residents of the potential evacuation order that might take place in the early hours of the next morning due to high winds fanning the blaze. These properties were within an existing Evacuation Alert zone. 15 residents recorded to be in the area at the time and they were advised of a heightened risk of the nearby wildfire breaching its guard if the weather conditions persisted. The potential evacuation order was not necessary as the winds died down. Days after firefighters managed to achieve containment, so the Evacuation Alert status was dropped.
Fight at the ball
July 16, at 3:45 a.m. received a report of a group brawling at the ball diamonds on Recreation Avenue. Members attended the scene but upon their arrival the fight allegedly became “consensual”. No statements were given. Participants agreed to disagree and nobody wanted to lay charges. One individual was transported to the hospital for minor injuries and the most intoxicated of the group were transported to be lodged in cells for the night, to be released once they were sober.
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Even with recent public education on the dangers of impaired driving, the Vanderhoof detachment still pulled over several impaired drivers with over the limit alcohol blood levels recorded by an Approved Screening Device (ASD).
July 17, at 4:00 a.m. received a call from a motorist who observed another vehicle being driven in an erratic manner. A member located the driver on highway 16 near Giesbrecht Road. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver showed signs of impairment.
A breath test was administered, the level indicating a fail. An Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) of 90 days was subsequently served, triple the basic impoundment term due to previous prohibitions, and the vehicle was towed.
July 17, received a complaint by a female of an unwanted male guest and wants him removed from the residence. As the member approaches the suspect drives away from the scene. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver showed signs of impairment. An ASD breath test was administered and the level indicated an IRP of 30 days was served and the vehicle was towed.
July 16, at 22:00 p.m. member observes a motorist turning left on a red light. The officer pursues the traffic infraction but then driver showed signs of impairment. The female driver submitted a breath sample to the ASD and it indicated a fail. She was served an IRP for 30 days and the vehicle was towed.
July 20, at 11:45 p.m. a male driver on Kenny Dam Rd is observed to throw something from the back window.
The vehicle is stopped and the driver appears to be impaired and smells of alcohol. An ASD is administered and it indicates a fail. He was served an IRP for 30 days and the vehicle was towed.