Ucluelet man with chainsaw scares kids

Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP said the man probably thought the hijinks were harmless.

This is not how saws should be seen.

Local kids were petrified by a man wielding a running chainsaw while hanging out the passenger side of a black pickup truck traveling near the Ucluelet Community Centre on April 6.

Sgt. Jeff Swann of the Ucluelet RCMP said the man probably thought the hijinks were harmless.

“It has that appearance that somebody was just being goofy but, obviously, it’s pretty dangerous. Chainsaws can be dangerous weapons,” Swann said.

“There’s no reports of them chasing after anybody or going after anybody or accosting anybody. It just sounds like somebody was running a chainsaw outside their window.”

He noted the area the truck was driving through, which includes Ucluelet’s skate park and basketball court, was full of kids at the time and he said these kids did the right thing by reporting what they saw.

“It was seen and reported by several children who called the police,” Swann said adding other kids told him about the incident the next day during his April 7 Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) class.

Swann believes the people involved in the incident are locals but police had no suspects at press time. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Ukee police at 726-7773.