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'Violent, unruly' man resists arrest, vomits in RCMP vehicle

Police Briefs: Pemberton man knocked unconscious; Rash of vehicle break-ins in Function



A night out at the neighbourhood pub turned ugly for a Whistler man who reportedly became so drunk he assaulted fellow bar patrons before resisting arrest and violently lashing out at police.

At approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, a doorman requested assistance from Mounties to deal with "a violent, unruly" suspect who had allegedly assaulted patrons inside the bar before being thrown out, according to Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.

Security guards helping to restrain the man turned him over to police, at which point he allegedly began resisting arrest in a variety of destructive ways.

"He smashed his face onto the hood of the police car, spat at the police vehicle and violently thrashed his body around," LeClair explained. "Eventually he had to be forcibly placed inside the police vehicle, where he vomited while being transported to cells."

The 29-year-old was released on conditions not to consume alcohol, and now faces charges of mischief, obstructing police and causing a disturbance. A subsequent search of his bag also turned up 1.5 grams of marijuana, police said.

Pemberton partygoer 'clotheslined,' knocked unconscious, police say

A Pemberton man claims he was knocked unconscious after a heavily intoxicated suspect demanded a beer from him last week.

The alleged victim was leaving a party on Tuesday, Sept. 29 when he was confronted by another partygoer near the intersection of Main Street and Lillooet Road. The 49-year-old Mount Currie male reportedly "demanded a beer" before he "clotheslined" the victim, causing him to hit his head, and rendering him unconscious, according to LeClair.

Once the victim had come to, the suspect reportedly threatened to "end him" if he attempted to contact anyone about the attack.

The suspect was subsequently arrested and later released with a future court date.

Several vehicles broken into, one stolen from Function

Local police believe a string of vehicle break-ins in Function Junction this week could be linked to a stolen truck.

The blue Silverado pickup, license plate JN2652, was reported stolen from the neighbourhood on Monday morning, Sept. 28, and had not been recovered by press time.

RCMP received three reports of other vehicles being broken into in Function on the same day.

While reviewing surveillance tape from the area, LeClair said police spotted a suspicious male appearing to be "casing vehicles." He was described wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, runners and a large red backpack.

Tools, equipment reported stolen from Day Lot 5

A storage crate in a Whistler parking lot was reportedly broken into last week, resulting in the theft of tools and equipment.

The theft, which police said occurred in a fenced-in area of Day Lot 5, is believed to have taken place sometime overnight on Sept. 22.

"It appears that the suspects somehow defeated the lock on the storage crate and then used a gap in the fence to remove the equipment," LeClair said.

The investigation continues.