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Erratic driving leads to drug charge

Police Briefs: RCMP helps lost skiers and boarders to safety

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A local man is facing drug charges after police discovered suspected drugs in his vehicle on a routine traffic stop.

Just after midnight on Saturday, Feb. 17, an officer on patrol noticed a man "driving erratically" at on Highway 99 near Nordic Drive. After stopping the vehicle, the officer noted an odour of marijuana, leading to the arrest of the driver and a passenger. A subsequent search found that the driver was in possession of suspected cocaine, police said.

The driver, a 20-year-old Whistler resident, was determined not to be impaired and was eventually released with a promise to appear in North Vancouver court next month. He is facing one count of possession of a Schedule I substance.

RCMP locates lost skiers and riders

Talk about being in the wrong place at the right time.

A pair of lost snowboarders can thank their skiing counterparts for leading them to police after going out of bounds last week.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, Whistler RCMP received a report of two skiers who were lost after going beyond the ski-area boundary on Whistler Mountain. The skiers, who were in contact by phone with Whistler Blackcomb ski patrol, were situated roughly 500 metres above Cheakamus Lake, police said.

Eventually patrollers directed the lost skiers to a summer parking lot at the end of the Cheakamus Lake Forest Service Road, close to where two RCMP officers were conducting snowmobile patrols.

The officers ushered the skiers out of the area — but not before encountering two lost snowboarders "in the same predicament," police said.

All four were transported back to safety.

"Whistler RCMP wants to remind skiers and snowboarders to remain in bounds unless you are properly equipped for backcountry travel," said Staff Sgt. Paul Hayes in a release.

Arrow shot into front of Squamish home

Squamish police are puzzling over an arrow that was reportedly shot into the front of a residence last week.

The owner of the Rae Road home called Squamish RCMP on Friday, Feb. 16 to report the arrow, saying it was likely shot the day before. Police determined the arrow was shot from a compound bow.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Squamish detachment at 604-892-6100 or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Dump truck and car collide in Downtown Squamish

A dump truck and a car were involved in an accident in Downtown Squamish last week.

Squamish RCMP was called to the scene of the collision on Tuesday, Feb. 13, where both vehicles sustained "significant damage," according to police.

Officials from the province and District of Squamish were called in to assess any potential motor vehicle fluid spills into the street and drainage systems.

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