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Man flees Pemberton police in stolen pickup truck

Police Briefs: Sexual assault at Whistler club; man injured over pool game

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A career criminal is facing a litany of charges after leading police on a chase through Pemberton this week.

At approximately 1:40 p.m. on April 3, an officer attempted to pull over the driver of the truck, who failed to stop and fled the scene. After determining the vehicle was stolen, the area was contained and a police helicopter was brought in to assist.

The vehicle was eventually located at a residence the suspect had rented on Owl Ridge Road. The 40-year-old suspect, who already had multiple warrants out for his arrest, then fled on foot before being apprehended once he returned to the property.

In the truck, police found over $2,000 in cash and some marijuana.

He now faces charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, theft of auto over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, fleeing from police and obstruction.

Police are asking for any witnesses to the chase to contact Pemberton RCMP at 604-894-6634.

MAN GRABS WOMAN BY THE THROAT, ATTEMPTS TO KISS HER AT CLUB: POLICE

A 50-year-old Surrey man is facing charges after he reportedly sexually assaulted a woman at a local nightclub in front of her friends.

Officers attended the scene in the early hours of April 1 and spoke to the victim, who said she was drinking with her husband and friends when a man they had met earlier in the night walked up, "placed his hand around (her) throat and attempted to pull her in and kiss her," said RCMP R. Const. Steve LeClair. The woman pushed the suspect away and reported the incident to bar staff.

The suspect was later arrested at another pub.

WOMAN REPORTS SEXUAL ASSAULT BY COWORKER AT REMOTE LOGGING CAMP

Police are investigating the report of a sexual assault at a remote logging camp in the Pemberton area.

On April 1 a woman attended the Pemberton detachment to report that, in February, her male coworker grabbed her breasts and made lewd comments to her.

The investigation is ongoing.

TWO MEN ASSAULT DOORMAN AFTER REFUSING TO PAY COAT CHECK

Two men upset they had to pay for coat check at a village nightclub injured a local bouncer last week, police said.

At 11 p.m. on March 29, a caller reported the pair of "aggressive" men to Whistler RCMP, claiming one of the suspects kicked the doorman in the head, chipping a tooth and cutting his lip, police said.

"It turns out it was an argument over one of the males not wanting to pay for a coat-check, which eventually turned into a physical altercation," explained LeClair. According to a witness, one of the men threatened to "knock the victim out" while the other said he would "pull a gun." No weapon was seen nor did staff believe the male was in possession of one, LeClair noted.

The first suspect is described as between 35 and 40 years old, Caucasian, between 5-9 and six-feet tall (183 centimetres), with short brown hair, a trim brown beard and wearing a royal blue canvas jacket.

The second male was around the same age, also Caucasian, between 5-8 and 5-10 (177 centimetres) in height, with chin-length dirty blonde hair.

Anyone with relevant information should contact the Whistler RCMP or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers.

MAN CLAIMS HE WAS ASSAULTED TWICE IN ONE NIGHT OVER POOL GAME

A game of pool at a local nightclub turned violent last week after a group reportedly assaulted a man twice in one night.

At roughly 4:30 a.m. on March 30, the complainant attended the Whistler RCMP detachment to report he was assaulted by a group of four males. Police said the first incident occurred in front of the club after the victim reportedly beat one of the suspects in a game of pool and an argument ensued. Later that night, the victim said he went to a local convenience store where he encountered the same group, "who threw him to the ground and kicked him," LeClair said.

The man suffered cuts to his face, police said.

Mounties remain on the lookout for the group, although one suspect has been tentatively identified.

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