This past weekend, local RCMP detachments began seasonal road checks. The Kimberley RCMP conducted two road checks, according to Detachment Commander Sgt. Chris Newel, and the results were arrests, driving prohibitions and tickets.
The first road check was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Ta Ta Creek, north of Kimberley.
“A driver was checked and officers found he had four outstanding arrest warrants,” said Newel in a press release. “He was returned to the detachment and the warrants executed. In addition, he was served a Driving Prohibition on behalf of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, issued a violation ticket for No Driver’s License and his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
At the same time that officers were dealing with the first, a driver approached the check stop and an odour of alcohol was noticed. After a breathalyzer, the results indicated a ‘warn’ and his driver’s license was suspended for three days and his vehicle impounded.
“On December 9, officers conducted a check again on Highway 95A just east of Kimberley. During that check a driver tried to avoid the check but was located a short distance away. Again signs of alcohol consumption were noted. The breath demand was read and samples obtained. As a result, the driver was issued a 24 hour driving prohibition.”
Three other 90-day driving prohibitions were issued over the weekend, Newel reports.
“One was early evening on December 6 after a complaint was received about a subject having balance issues. Officers followed up and found him behind the wheel of his vehicle ready to drive away.
“Just after mid-night on Dec 8 an officer noted a vehicle being driven in an odd manner. The officer checked the driver and noted a strong odour of alcohol. He conducted an impaired driving investigation and as a result the woman was served a 90-day driving prohibition and her vehicle impounded for 30 days.
“In the early morning hours of Dec 9 a vehicle was stopped on Rotary Drive for having his off-road lights on. A strong odour of alcohol was detected and after obtaining two breath samples the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.”
On Saturday night a male was arrested on three outstanding warrants from Kamloops and one from Kimberley. He was held in custody for a bail hearing.