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Impaired driver arrested after almost hitting snowplow, police say

Police Briefs: Banned driver arrested; PoCo man fails to heed cops' warnings



Pemberton RCMP are thanking the public for its help in nabbing an impaired driver who almost struck a snowplow this week, police said in a release.

At approximately 10:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, Pemberton RCMP received two reports of a vehicle being driven "very poorly" on Highway 99 near Portage Road. Police said the driver, a 54-year-old Pemberton man, was reported to have "almost hit a snowplow driving in the opposite direction."

Thanks to tips from the public, Mounties eventually were able to catch up with the driver, who was arrested and taken back to the detachment for breath samples.

The man was released the following morning with a court date set for March.

"The police would like to thank the community of Pemberton for being alert to possible impaired drivers and reporting what they observed to police as it was instrumental in stopping this car and driver quickly and safely," the release stated.

Investigators are now asking anyone who many have witnessed this incident to contact Pemberton RCMP at 604-894-6634, or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to remain anonymous.

Whistler police remove prohibited driver from road

Whistler police arrested a Surrey man last week that is prohibited from driving, according to a release.

At about 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, a local traffic officer noticed a vehicle "being operated in a suspicious manner" in the area of Highway 99 and Northlands Boulevard, police said. The officer soon learned the 33-year-old driver was prohibited from driving anywhere in Canada. The man was subsequently pulled over near Lake Placid Road and arrested with a future court date in North Vancouver.

Police also said the vehicle the Surrey man was driving did not belong to him. It was later impounded, with the cost of recovering it falling to the vehicle's registered owner, "which will most likely be an expensive bill," police said.

Drunk guy told to 'call it a night' returns to scene to confront officers

A Port Coquitlam man failed to heed local officers' advice to "call it a night and go home" after he tried to start a fight on the Village Stroll this week, police said. Turns out that wasn't a great idea.

At approximately 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, Whistler RCMP members on foot patrol in the village observed an intoxicated man arguing and attempting to fight another man. Police separated the pair and advised both to go home. Instead, the 25-year-old PoCo man continued to argue with police. After "several more warnings," he eventually conceded and went home. But not content to leave well enough alone, the man returned only minutes later to "once again confront the officers," police said.

He was subsequently arrested for causing a disturbance and held in custody until he was able to care for himself.