By Sgt. Curtis Davis
Lytton RCMP responded to 24 calls for service during the period January 27 to February 8.
No clear story
On January 27, police received a report of a fight between three intoxicated women that resulted in a black eye for one participant. The level of intoxication resulted in an inability for police to understand what occurred, even the following day.
Ignorance is no excuse
On January 29, a local resident came to the front counter to report that a tractor-trailer had just knocked down and run over the crosswalk sign at Main Street and Highway 12. The driver did not stop. Cst. Wiebe located the vehicle northbound on the Trans-Canada near Kumsheen Rafting. The driver, who was from Kamloops, knew he had run over the sign, but did not believe he needed to report it. Needless to say Cst. Wiebe, after shaking his head, educated the driver and completed a collision report.
CN vehicle break-in
On January 31, a CN Rail vehicle was broken into by someone prying open the door. CN Police are following up with a description of a suspect: a man believed to be in his twenties, six feet tall with dark hair, driving a beige sedan or hatchback with two dogs (one brown and one white).
Lucky to walk away
On February 5, we responded to a call of a single vehicle rollover on the Trans-Canada at the Sackum Forest Road. One of our staff members witnessed the rollover in her rear-view mirror. She was surprised, when she saw that the roof of the vehicle was crushed, to see the male occupant walk from the vehicle with his guitar and suitcase. It was determined that alcohol played a role in the collision. The Williams Lake man was served a three-day immediate roadside prohibition.
No brotherly love
On February 7, members attended a 9-1-1 call on the west side of the Fraser River and found a man with a bloody finger. He had been drinking with his brother when a fight occurred, and his brother bit the man’s finger. No medical attention was required, and he was not interested in pursuing charges.
Don’t drink in public
The warmer weather has resulted in police pouring out liquor and delivering people home. This will be the practice early in the year, but I cannot condone drinking in public. Nobody wants their children or grandchildren watching this foolishness. Tickets will follow for repeat offenders.
New member in Lytton
We have a new constable at the detachment. Constable Mark Wiebe was born and raised in the Lower Mainland, and growing up he enjoyed playing sports like baseball, soccer, skiing, and mountain biking. Mark graduated from the RCMP Training Academy in May 2009 and was posted to Sechelt. He enjoyed policing in a smaller town and being able to work on the ocean and in the mountains.
Mark completed the Drug Recognition Expert Program for impaired driving in March of 2014, which led to his transfer to Deas Island Traffic Services in May 2015. Mark was able to focus on impaired drivers and traffic safety. Mark and his wife recently welcomed their first child, and this spurred Mark to go back to a small town and return his focus to community policing. Mark is looking forward to both getting involved in the community and bringing his set of skills to the detachment.
If you have any information on any police files or crimes, please contact the Lytton RCMP at (250) 455-2225, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).