Drone activity leads to violence

RCMP investigation continues on dangerous driving, firearms charges

Drones are becoming popular toys. However, there are concerns about how they are used.

Drones are becoming popular toys. However, there are concerns about how they are used.

Investigation is ongoing in a neighbourhood brouhaha that involved gun shots.

On Aug 5, 100 Mile House RCMP members were called to a report of a disturbance at a residence on the 7000 block of Grossett Road at Bridge Lake.

When police attended the scene, they learned a nearby resident was flying a remote-controlled drone equipped with a camera on the complainant’s property and was allegedly using the drone to look inside the resident’s windows.

The property owner shot the drone with a firearm and destroyed it.

Having viewed what occurred, the drone’s owner drove to the neighbour’s property, smashed through a locked gate and allegedly almost hit the property owner and another resident with his vehicle.

The resident suffered a minor injury while trying to get out of the vehicle’s path.

The property owner shot the intruder’s vehicle; however, he was not arrested or charged.

As the drone owner left the property in his vehicle, he subsequently struck a BC Hydro power pole, which caused the power to go out in the area.

Police located the driver, a 32 year old male from Vancouver, and arrested him without incident.

He was later released and will be facing charges of dangerous operation of a vehicle, uttering threats, and possession of a prohibited firearm, and careless use of a firearm.

First appearance for the accused is set for Oct. 11.

A female related to the accused, a resident of Burnaby, was subsequently arrested for uttering threats and obstruction. She was also released for court at a later date.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

100 Mile House Free Press

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