Thief smashes into vehicle at Wick Beach

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the thief who smashed into a parked vehicle in the Pacific Rim National Park.

A tourist, visiting the West Coast from the mainland, parked their vehicle at Wickaninnish Beach around 7:30 p.m. on May 6 and arrived back from the sand around 8 p.m. to discover their rear window smashed and two black backpacks stolen.  

 â€œSomebody, for whatever reason, walked by, saw the two backpacks (in the vehicle), and broke the window,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP. “The car was only parked there for half-an-hour.”

Swann said the packs’ contents included an iPod and binoculars.

Police have no suspects at this time and anyone with any information, or who saw anything suspicious in the area, is encouraged to contact the Ucluelet RCMP detachment at 250-726-7773.

 

Drunk man sobers up in cells

A local man, unable to handle an afternoon buzz, attracted police attention by shouting obscenities in public.

Sgt. Swann said witnesses reported seeing the man walking along Cedar Road “screaming, yelling and talking nonsense,” around 1 p.m. on May 6.

Swann located the man but had difficulty detaining him at first.

 â€œHe was extremely intoxicated. It took a while to get him into the police car…he didn’t want to go and we needed to have a conversation for about 10 minutes,” Swann said.

“I didn’t want to use force if I didn’t need to; so we just sat and talked.”

Swann managed to convince the man to settle down and brought him back to the detachment without incident.

The man stayed in cells until sober and was released around midnight.

 

Drunk driver nabbed on Hwy

A slow driver turned out to be a drunk driver.

Const. Marcel Midlane was patrolling the Pacific Rim Highway around 3 a.m. on May 3 when he noticed a vehicle traveling significantly slower than the speed limit.

He pulled the vehicle over and discovered its driver was intoxicated.

Sgt. Swann said the driver failed two sobriety tests from two approved screening devices and was issued an immediate 90-day driving prohibition.

 

Police come upon collision

Ucluelet constables Jarrett Duncan and Chris Squire were on a routine patrol along Port Albion Road around 4:30 p.m. on May 3 when they came upon a vehicle stuck in a ditch.

The vehicle’s driver was at the scene and explained they had slid into the ditch after driving too close to the road’s shoulder.

The driver was the vehicle’s sole occupant and neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the accident, according to Sgt. Swann.

 

Andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca