Drunk driver hits police car in Tofino

Tofino police briefs: Tofino police officer nearly hit by drunk driver, bike stolen from resort, Scooters crash on highway, road rager.

 

A Tofino police officer narrowly dodged a swerving vehicle during a road-stop on Campbell Street on Sept. 6.

The officer was dealing with the driver of another vehicle when police attempted to flag down an incoming pick-up truck, according to Cpl. Therese Cochlin of the Tofino RCMP.

“Instead of stopping, the truck accelerated and swerved around the police vehicle and directly at the officer,” Cochlin told the Westerly. “The officer jumped out of the way and the truck hit the side mirror of the police vehicle before stopping.”

The driver of the swerving vehicle was detained and police discovered she was drunk. She was issued an immediate 90-day driving prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

“The driver was extremely intoxicated and, as she was being transported to cells, she attempted to kick the windows out of the police vehicle,” Cochlin said.

Bike stolen in Tofino

Tofino police are asking locals to keep their eyes peeled for a black and white Cannondale bike that was stolen from a local resort on Aug. 28.

Cpl. Cochlin said the bike is unique with a ‘lefty’ front fork and a Fox float shock.

“The police are asking for the public’s assistance in recovering the bike and finding the person responsible for the theft,” she said.

Scooters crash on highway

The Pacific Rim Highway hosted two single vehicle collisions at the start of September.

Both collisions involved scooters, according to Cpl. Cochlin who added both crashes occurred in roughly the same spot at a particularly sharp turn a few kilometres outside Tofino.

The first incident occurred on Sept. 4 when a female lost control of her scooter and wound up being thrown into a ditch sustaining minor injuries, according to Cochlin.

The second crash happened on Sept. 7.

“Unfortunately, in the second incident the driver collided with a highway signpost and pinned her leg between the scooter and the post,” Cochlin said. “This driver suffered a serious leg injury.”

Tofino’s volunteer fire department, local police, and BC Ambulance personnel attended both incidents.

“The victims and their friends were extremely complimentary of the exceptional service they received from bystanders, emergency personnel and the hospital staff in Tofino,” Cochlin said.

Ball fields are not for beer pong

Police were alerted to a group of people partying at the baseball fields near Fourth Street and arrived to find a rousing, and illegal, game of beer pong.

“When police arrived they located a group of eight males who had set up a table under a light post and were playing beer pong with a least 20 full cups of beer on the table,” Cpl. Cochlin said.

“The group had moved the table toward the street in search of a good source of light, but failed to use any common sense or consideration for others.”

She said police were able to put an end to the party and return peace to the neighborhood.

Road rager evades police

A male driver became overcome with ‘road rage’ in Tofino.

Tofino police received a report on Sept. 7 from a female driver who said a man, who had been driving very closely behind her, attempted to confront her when she parked her car.

“The driver reporting to police said a vehicle was tailgating her for a considerable distance and when she arrived at her location, the male driver of the second vehicle ran to her window and started shouting uncontrollably and abusively,” said Cpl. Cochlin.

Cochlin said the female driver remained in her vehicle during the road rager’s outburst and had tried to record his license plate number but was unable to do so.

The angry driver left the scene and was not located by police.

andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca