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POLICE BEAT: Roadside checks result in numerous charges
500 roadside checks
Almost 500 vehicles were checked over the past week in roadside checks by the Campbell River area RCMP. Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard reports that there were numerous Motor Vehicle Act charges, Wildlife Act charges and two Immediate Roadside Suspensions.
City man jailed
A city man has been jailed for assaulting a woman on Dec. 5. Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard says a witness came across a male assaulting a female and intervened. When the police arrived they found a female suffering facial injuries. Joseph Fabian Galligos, 24, of Campbell River, was charged with assault causing bodily harm. He was already on probation. Galligos entered a guilty plea and received a sentence of five months jail, 18 months probation and a five year firearms prohibition.
Spike in B&Es
Over the last month police have noted a spike in day time residential break and enters, says Sgt. Beauregard. Through investigation and forensic evidence collected at the scenes police identified and charged a female who had recently moved back to the Campbell River area. Amanda Lynn Pattie, 31, has been charged with four counts of break and enter. She was also arrested on warrants for breakins on the Lower Mainland. Police also arrested Pattie’s boyfriend Jeffrey Daniel Miller, 32, on outstanding warrants for break and enter.
Roadside checks nab six drinking drivers
With the holiday season upon us and people enjoying various festivities police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers, warns RCMP Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard.
Last Sunday the Campbell River detachment along with North Island Traffic Services conducted a drinking and driving roadside check on the Island Highway near Spit Road. Three 90-day immediate roadside prohibitions (IRPs), one three-day IRP, a 24-hour prohibition and a 12-hour prohibition were issued.
Approximately 60 vehicles were checked. “If you plan on drinking please arrange for a ride home,” Beauregard says.
In all, last week the RCMP responded to 248 calls including nine offences involving citizens and 18 property related offences.
Aging driver erratic
Erratic driving on Hwy 19 got the RCMP’s attention at 2 p.m. on Nov. 28.
Police responded to a report of a driver weaving on the road and driving north in the south bound oncoming lanes.
Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard says prior to police arriving on the scene the driver had collided with a stopped south bound vehicle. Luckily there were no injuries. The driver, an 81-year-old Campbell River resident was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act. Alcohol was not a factor. The driver is now subject to a medical review.
Auto theft made easy
Two local pickup truck owners made easy jobs for thieves last week when both left their keys in their vehicles.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Troy Beauregard says: “Police would like to remind the public of the importance of properly securing their vehicles. Newer vehicles are equipped with anti theft devices that are rendered useless if keys are left in the vehicles.
“We are asking people to take extra steps to secure valuables and packages that may be left while holiday shopping.
To avoid being an easy target for thieves please lock your doors, remove packages or secure them in the trunks of cars.”