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Canada Day window-smasher caught by police after foot chase

Police Briefs: Injuries in Creekside assault; Seven drunk drivers caught over long weekend

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A local man chose to mark Canada Day in a very un-Canadian way this weekend: smashing car windows.

Police were tipped off by multiple reports of a male breaking the windows of parked vehicles in the Whistler Conference Centre lot. Once officers arrived on the scene, the suspect reportedly fled on foot. The man was apprehended after a short pursuit. He was also found in possession of two pocketknives, police said.

Whistler RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton said charges are being forwarded to Crown counsel.

Minor injuries in Creekside assault

An individual sustained minor injuries in an apparent Canada Day assault in Creekside.

Details surrounding the alleged assault were scarce in the Whistler RCMP’s weekly media briefing, but police said one person was taken into custody in relation to the incident reported on Lake Placid Road, with charges expected. There was also subsequent damage to a residential apartment unit, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Police searching for suspects who reportedly uttered threats

Whistler RCMP is on the lookout for a pair of suspects who reportedly threatened a man and a woman this week.

On July 3, police attended Lake Placid Road in Creekside following a report of two males who threatened to cause harm to the individuals. Mounties said the threats were only verbal, with no weapons seen or used.

After extensive patrols of the area, no suspects were located.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Whistler police nab seven impaired drivers over long weekend

Canada Day is always a time for celebration, but evidently a number of people took that too far this weekend after being caught driving under the influence, police said.

A total of seven impaired drivers were nabbed at a routine checkstop over the long weekend, police said, including an international driver who was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol on June 30.

Last week, Pique reported on a recent ruling in B.C. Supreme Court that upheld a 90-day driving prohibition handed down to Whistler’s Kaitlyn Bell in October after she refused a roadside breath demand. Bell’s lawyer, K. Lee, argued that the attending officer’s “prolonged” attempts to administer a breath demand in spite of her refusals were done “for his own entertainment” and infringed on Bell’s charter rights, a claim Justice Patrice Abrioux ruled was unsupported by evidence. Lee also contended there were inconsistencies in how the officer signed the affidavit and other documents, claiming the badge number was incorrectly recorded in one spot on the form, and that there were “different looking signatures” on the report that possibly indicated multiple officers had signed it. Again, Abrioux sided with a prior decision by an adjudicator that heard the case prior to it being challenged up to the Supreme Court, saying she “acted reasonably in her decision making process," ultimately upholding Bell's driving prohibition.

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