Tofino: Tourist trashes motel room

The lobby of a Tofino motel became a danger zone on Feb. 15 around 9 p.m. when an intoxicated man went into such a rage that his girlfriend and motel staff were forced to take cover behind the motel’s front desk.

Police arrived and arrested the man for being intoxicated in public and causing a disturbance.

The man’s girlfriend told police the couple were drinking alcohol in their motel room when the man suddenly became very angry and started trashing the room, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

Anderson said the woman declined to provide further comment to police but assured she would pick up her boyfriend at the police station the following day when he was sober.

Anderson said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Pellet gun causes stir in Esowista An Esowista resident called the Tofino RCMP on Feb. 10 around 3 p.m. to allege a group of intoxicated men were wielding a rifle on the balcony of a nearby residence.

Police arrived and spoke to one of the men who admitted he had been shooting his pellet gun at empty cans, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

Anderson said the man was mildly intoxicated and very apologetic to police.

RCMP confirmed the rifle was a pellet gun and cautioned the man about the safety concerns involved with mixing alcohol with firing pellets.

“The male was very apologetic and stated he would not shoot at the numerous empty cans strewn around the yard anymore and would find a more appropriate location to shoot the pellet rifle in the future, when he was sober,” Anderson said.

Electric bike stolen in Tofino Tofino RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an electric bike that was reported stolen from Lynn Road on Feb. 20.

The bike’s owner had left the electric bike on the side of the road after its battery died on Feb. 18 and it was gone by the time he went to retrieve it, according to Sgt. James Anderson.

The bike is described as a green and purple Motorino with a missing left rear view mirror and a Slipknot-the band-bar code sticker on the back.

Anyone with information regarding the bike’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Tofino RCMP at 250-725-3242.

Police join district officials to crack down on bylaw infractions Tofino police spotted two men carrying open beer cans near the corner of First

Street and Arnet Road on Feb. 14 around 7:30 p.m. Police made both men dump out the contents of the beer cans and one of the men received a warning while the other was issued a violation ticket for having open alcohol in public, according to Sgt. Anderson.

Anderson said Tofino RCMP are working with district bylaw officials to crack down on bylaw offences including consuming alcohol in public.

Designated driver not so sober A driver received an immediate three-day driving suspension after blowing a “warn” into an approved screening device on Feb. 11 around 1:30 a.m. Police pulled the driver over near Jack’s Pub and the driver told police they were the designated driver for the vehicle’s two passengers, according to Sgt. Anderson.

He said the driver’s breath smelled of alcohol so police demanded a roadside breathe sample.

The driver blew a “warn” meaning their blood alcohol level was over 0.5.

In B.C. a blood alcohol level over 0.5 results in an immediate three-day driving suspension.

Anderson said the driver’s vehicle was not impounded because it had been legally parked upon stopping for police.

Man arrested after domestic dispute Ahousaht RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance on Feb. 22 around 4 a.m. A woman called police to allege her husband had assaulted her and she had locked herself in a bathroom to escape from him.

Police arrived and had to break down the door to get into the residence where they found the man standing outside the bathroom door, according to Sgt. Anderson.

The man was arrested and faces a future court date.

No impaired drivers, 1 ticket issued during Tofino check-stop Tofino RCMP conducted a check-stop at the corner of Fourth Street and Campbell Street on Feb. 13 around 9:45 p.m. Of the 15 drivers checked, two received warnings for failing to display an “N” sign and one was discovered to be a “vehicle impound” candidate as determined by ICBC, according to Sgt. Anderson.

Anderson said there are a variety of reasons for ICBC to flag a “vehicle impound” candidate but it most commonly means a driver has too many points against their license.

The driver’s vehicle was impounded for seven days and they were issued a violation ticket for driving without a license. reporter@westerlynews.ca