On Jan. 11, Chase Detachment assisted Kamloops Southeast District Traffic Services with an arrest and drug seizure from a vehicle on Highway 1 near Chase. The Traffic Services officer stopped a vehicle and, during the course of the stop, he became aware of cannabis in the vehicle. The 31-year-old male driver from Regina, Sask., who was alone, was placed under arrest for possession for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. A large quantity of marijuana was seized from the vehicle, and the man is facing charges.
On Jan. 17, Chase RCMP were called to a suspicious occurrence on Chase-Falkland Road.
The complainant showed police to a set of tire tracks that went off-road near the old dumpsite, and stated that under the snow there appeared to be fur. A murder of crows was busy picking at the object. Closer inspection revealed the fur was the hide of a black bear. It is not known how long the hide had been there or who was responsible for dumping it.
Anyone with information is asked to call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221 or Crimestoppers.
On Jan. 24, Joshua Timothy Reese, 33, of Chase, was convicted of one count of possession of a firearm contrary to order. In addition to jail time, Reese received a lifetime prohibition on possessing firearms and other restricted weapons, and a victim surcharge of $200. The conviction related to a search warrant executed by Chase RCMP officers in March 2016 at Reese’s residence in which a loaded customized firearm was located, along with numerous gun parts and ammunition. At the time of the search warrant, Reese was the subject of a mandatory prohibition order which banned him from possessing firearms and other weapons for 10 years. Reese has been remanded until his next court appearance on Feb. 7 in regard to theft charges.
On Dec. 23 about 4 a.m., Chase RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision at the junction of highways 1 and 97, where they found a Ford Explorer that had flipped and come to rest on its roof.
No one associated with the vehicle was present, and officers made checks at the registered owner’s home in Kamloops, where they found the 55-year-old male driver. The driver told officers he had lost control on the black ice, spinning and then flipping upside down. He was not injured.
On Dec. 23 about 10 a.m., police were notified of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 1 near the Highway 97 junction. Chase RCMP responded. The driver of a Toyota Tercel had attempted to overtake a Dodge pick-up truck towing a U-Haul trailer, when the trailer suddenly began to fish-tail, striking the Tercel.
The Tercel was then forced into contact with the truck and both vehicles slid into the centre grass median. The man driving the Tercel was checked by BC Ambulance paramedics and released at the scene. Road conditions were slippery at the time.
On Dec. 24 at 12 p.m., Chase RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 1 at Little River Road near Sorrento.
The male driver was the single occupant. He stated that as he was travelling east, the back of the truck suddenly fishtailed on the slippery road and he lost control, crossing the oncoming lane and into the westbound ditch, where the vehicle rolled onto its side.
The driver was not injured, and road conditions were a factor in the crash.