Early Saturday morning, Sept. 19, police received notification from BC Ambulance of a single vehicle car crash north of Vavenby on the highway.
The vehicle was found in the ditch, with significant damage. The driver (and only occupant) was still inside the vehicle and tragically was already deceased when the BC Ambulance crew arrived.
Police have identified the deceased as 57-year-old Geoffrie Mackie of Kamloops.
On September 20, a resident living south of Little Fort returned home to find an unknown male in their house watching TV, after having cooked a meal.
The male eventually fled the residence on foot, leaving behind a GMC pickup truck.
Clearwater and Barriere RCMP responded and the male was arrested a short distance away.
The GMC pickup was found to have been stolen from Ontario. The male was transported to Kamloops to be held in custody until he was able to be seen by a judge.
The truck was towed and the registered owner contacted.
Animal causes crash
On Sept. 21, early in the morning, police were called to a single vehicle collision near Pumping Station road on Highway 5.
Police found that the driver (and only occupant) was already on the way to the hospital with BC Ambulance.
The vehicle, a small car, had gone off the road into a deep ditch and sustained significant damage.
It was found the driver had swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a dog in the road. The shoulder gave way and the car went into the ditch.
Preliminary reports showed minor injuries only.
Winter is coming
It’s that time of year again. Winter tire requirements come into effect on Thursday. Oct. 1. Highway 5 has been designated as a highway where winter tires are required.
While we may not see snow yet for a while (one might hope), the temperatures have dropped significantly and your summer tires simply will not perform as intended on the colder road surface, especially overnight.
It is important to know should you be involved in a collision after Oct. 1 without winter tires on your vehicle, ICBC may have cause to find you at fault for the collision, and you could be issued a violation ticket from police as well.