Truck takes out stop sign in Ucluelet

A truck did not stop after destroying a stop sign in Ucluelet.

The truck, which was towing an empty boat trailer, turned too tightly near the corner of Hemlock and Lyche and took out the stop sign but continued on driving.

A witness reported the incident to police around 8:40 p.m. on May 31 and provided a description of the vehicle, which police were able to track down in short order.

Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP said police spoke to the driver of the vehicle who claimed ignorance of the incident and expressed remorse.

“They didn’t know they had struck the stop sign,” Swann said. “They were super apologetic.”

Swann said replacing the stop sign would cost roughly $1,000 and police passed the driver’s information to Ucluelet’s district office to pursue reparations.

 

Missing hikers found safe and sound

Two Tofitians caused a brief panic when their hiking trip took longer than expected.

The hikers had headed out to explore the Clayoquot Plateau on June 3 but were reported missing when they had not returned around 11 p.m.

 â€œWithin two minutes of that call going out we were in consultation with Search and Rescue and a BC Provincial Parks employee as well who knew the area,” said Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP.

“I made a patrol out to the location just to set the staging grounds and see if I could find the vehicle and, lo and behold, I saw the vehicle coming back.”

He said it is vital for all campers and hikers to let someone know where they’re going, where they plan to park their vehicle, and what time they should be expected back and noted that this information led to a quick conclusion of the June 3 incident.

“We knew where they were at or where they were at least attempting to go,” he said. “It was resolved just by driving out there and seeing them on the highway.”

Anyone who anticipates returning later-than-expected from a trip should make efforts to notify someone and let them know they are safe before panic ensues, according to Swann.

 

Fraternal fisticuffs

A fight broke out between two brothers near the Ucluelet Liquor Store.

Sgt. Jeff Swann was called to the scene of the fraternal fisticuffs around 3 a.m. on June 4 but said cooler heads had prevailed by the time he arrived.

“By the time I attended the matter had diffused itself,” he said. “The fight was done and both of them were happy brothers again.”

He said neither brother was injured in the kerfuffle.

 

Tone it down in town

A noisy house party in Ucluelet brought complaints from neighbours on May 31.

Sgt. Swann said police were able to quiet the party down without incident but he reminds locals and visitors to respect their neighbourhood.

“This is the time of the year that people are out on their decks more and noise travels,” Swann said.

“You may be the one who finishes your shift at midnight and be ready to go outside and hang out, but there’s someone who starts their shift at 4-5 a.m. to go fishing or work in one of the resorts.”

Swann said the RCMP and Ucluelet’s new bylaw officers will be responding to noise complaints this summer.

“We want to remind people of the noise bylaws in town and we encourage people to call,” he said.

“Try the neighbour approach first, talk to them the next day and remind them that you’ve got to be up at a certain time and if that doesn’t work then call bylaw or the Ucluelet RCMP.”

 

Andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca