Trail and Greater District RCMP weekly report - 2023-02-20

Trail and Greater District

2023-02-20 14:40 PST

Winter driving warning!

File # 2023-698

On February 17th, 2023, at 15:18 p.m., Frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP and Integrated Road Safety Unit officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle roll over near the intersection of Murphy Creek Forest Service Road and Highway 3B, in Rossland, BC.

A 62-year-old West Kelowna woman was driving a 2021 Ford Ranger with one passenger when she lost control of the truck around a corner on the ice cover highway. The truck slides off the highway into a snowbank, then rolled over onto its roof. An officer noted the truck was not equipped with winter tires, and believed this was a factor leading to the crash. Speed and impairment were not believed to be factors at the time of the incident.

The passenger, a 63-year-old West Kelowna man, suffered minor injuries and received medical treatment at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

File # 2023-712

On February 18, 2023, at 12:15 a.m., Frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a report of a single motor vehicle roll over in the 5000 block of Highway 3B, in Rossland, BC.

A 26-year-old Vancouver man was driving a 2007 Toyota Tacoma with three passengers when he lost control of the truck around a corner on the ice cover highway. The truck slide off the highway into a snowbank, then rolled over onto its roof. Officers noted the truck was equipped with good winter tires, and did not believe that speed or impairment were factors leading to the crash. All four occupants escaped uninjured.

Trail RCMP reminds the public that we are still in the midst of winter driving conditions. Please drive according to conditions, have good winter tires, and watch out for snow and ice on the roadway. - Sgt. Wicentowich

Youth and young adults shoot pedestrians with toy guns in downtown Trail

File # 2023-743

On February 19, 2023, at 1140 p.m., Frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a report of eight youths who allegedly shot pedestrians with toy guns and gelatin BB while traveling in two vehicles in downtown Trail, BC. Officers discovered the BBs allegedly hit multiple people; and the youth appeared to target the vulnerable street population in and around the La Nina Shelter in the 1500 block of Bay Avenue.

RCMP officers conducted patrols and located the two vehicles containing six youth and two 18-year-old adults from Trail, Warfield, Rossland, and Grindrod. All were cooperative with the officers during the investigation after the roadside detention. Officers spoke to the group about their dangerous and disrespectful actions. One of the victims, a 36-year-old Trail man, took the time to speak to the youth about how their actions made him and his wife feel, and the serious challenges he faced in their life on the street. The youth apologized for their actions and showed sincere remorse from their behaviour.

Officers issued both drivers a violation tickets for Driving Contrary to Licence Restriction, contrary to Section 25(15) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act. Officers contacted the parents of the youth who attended the scene and took custody of their children. Officers seized both toy guns for destruction.

Trail RCMP does receive complaints from shelter staff and vulnerable populations about attacks from assailants in the community. Trail RCMP asks for it to stop, and warns that criminal charges are possible for those committing these kinds of acts toward anyone. The youth and young adults could be charged with assault. However, the victim chose compassion and to treat this as a teaching opportunity. Trail RCMP hopes they have learnt their lesson, as this could have gone much worse for these youth involved.

Last week, Trail RCMP officers responded to a number of homeless camps, drug overdoses, disturbances, consensual fights, and suspected drug overdoses in downtown Trail. Trail RCMP continues to work with their community partners and government to find solutions to helping this vulnerable group out of a lifestyle that they often find themselves trapped due to individual circumstances.

Trail RCMP strongly recommends that, as a community, we all continue to advocate for supports and treatment for those who need it. Programs are needed to help people find housing, regularly connect to medical and mental health services, establish drug use oversight and opioid replacements in a post-de-criminalization world. These supports are critical in reducing issues that are a factor in the cause of crime. The condition of downtown will likely persist due to a continued housing shortage, as per the information provided by BC Housing. - Sgt. Mike Wicentowich

Released by

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398

Email: james.grandy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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