Smithers RCMP responded to 58 calls for service between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3.
At 12:15 a.m., Smithers RCMP conducted a traffic stop near Lawson Road in Telkwa. An impaired driving investigation revealed the driver had consumed too much liquor to operate a vehicle. A 24-hour prohibition was issued to the driver and the vehicle was towed.
Smithers RCMP received a report at 7:07 p.m. that a skier was stranded in a high risk avalanche area near Miller Creek on Hudson Bay Mountain in poor weather conditions. The skier was experienced and contacted search and rescue via satellite phone. SAR was activated and ensured the skier made his way back to safety. No injuries were reported.
Smithers RCMP received a report of an impaired snowmobile driver in Moricetown. The complainant said three individuals were trying to prevent the driver from getting on the snowmobile. RCMP attended and patrolled but did not locate the driver. Smithers RCMP would like to remind the public that operating off-road vehicles while impaired is a Criminal Code offence and carries the same penalty as driving a conventional car or truck impaired.
At 9:46 a.m., Smithers RCMP received a report that a male driving a black Dodge pickup drove through a road closure at Highway 16 by Trout Creek after a flag person directed the driver to stop. The driver was located and given a Motor Vehicle Act ticket for failing to obey a flag person.
At 9:53 a.m., Smithers RCMP received reports that numerous Hydro insulators were shot on Lawson Forest Service Road near Telkwa. Damages were extensive and the repair will involve a short term power outage. RCMP would like to remind the public that damaging Hydro insulators is a Criminal Code offence (mischief/vandalism) and inconveniences many citizens.
Anyone with information regarding the above offences or other criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithers RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (tips).
Release by Cst. Kayla Stephens