Weekly Media Release - Trail and Greater District RCMP

Trail and Greater District

2023-03-21 15:23 PDT

Two incidents of impaired driving in Rossland, BC

File # 2023-1167

On Friday, March 17, 2023, at 10:50 p.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer was conducting a routine patrol when he observed a 30-year-old Rossland man drift his 1999 red Ford F150 around a corner from Highway 3B onto Columbia Avenue, in Rossland, BC. The officer detained the man and his truck roadside.

The officer made observations that led him to believe the man’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The officer entered into an investigation. The officer read a demand to the man who provided a sample of breath roadside that resulted in a fail.

The 30-year-old Rossland man was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) under section 215 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and had his vehicle impounded for up to 30 days.
The man really slid himself into this situation. says Sgt. Wicentowich

File # 2023-1179

On Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 10:55 p.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer observed a 35-year-old Rossland woman in her 2019 red Jeep Cherokee driving erratically on the road in the 2200 block of Columbia Avenue, in Rossland, BC. The officer detained the woman and her vehicle roadside.

The officer made observations that led him to believe the woman’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The officer entered into an investigation

The officer believed that the woman’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. The officer entered into an investigation. The officer read a demand to the woman who provided a sample of breath roadside that resulted in a fail. Notably, the woman allegedly made 16 attempts to provide a breath sample during the course of this investigation and was verbally abusive toward the officer.

The 35-year-old Rossland woman was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) under section 215 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and had her vehicle impounded for up to 30 days.
The officer’s patience and professionalism in this incident was remarkable. says Sgt. Wicentowich.

Road Safety Check Stops in the Trail and Greater District

In March 2023 Trail and Greater District RCMP have conducted two Road Safety Check Stop in the area. Trail RCMP has recently purchased new flashlights and shoulder lights for its officers to help them conduct checks safely. As winter turns to spring, Trail RCMP anticipates more traffic and outdoor social activities. Please make sure you plan on a sober ride home before you head out with family and friends. We would also like to thank the BC Highway Patrol for all of their efforts and enforcement recently. Together, we are keeping our roads and highway safer for everyone. says Sgt. Wicentowich.

Captured

On Friday, March 17, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officer located a man wanted for which an arrest warrant had been issued. A media release was provided on March 14th, asking for the public's assistance in locating him. The man was driving a vehicle on Highway 3B, in Beaver Valley, BC. The officer took man into custody and lodged him at the Trail Detachment. He was brought before and released by a judge and will make his next appearance on March 30, 2023, in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.

Suspicious deaths of family dogs

On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 9:31 a.m. a frontline Trail and Greater District officer responded to the suspicious deaths of two family dogs in the 4000 block of Casino Road, in Trail, BC. The owners and their dogs lived within close proximity to each other and the dogs were occasional playmates. Both dogs were reported to have roamed in the area and on their own large properties.

On Sunday, March 19, one owner, a 42-year-old Trail woman, found her dog deceased in her yard. The cause of death was not confirmed at this time. On Monday, March 20, the same 42-year-old Trail woman saw her deceased dog’s playmate eating a piece of meat in her yard. It was commonplace for this dog to visit her dog to play. Before she could intervene, the playmate ran off. A short time later, the playmate’s owner discovered his dog convulsing on his property before rushing it to the local veterinarian hospital. Unfortunately, his dog died in transport despite his quick action and valiant efforts to save its life. His deceased dog underwent laboratory testing which confirmed the presence of Strychnine.

The officer concluded that the first dog had likely been poisoned with Strychnine as well. The officer believed an unknown person may have likely been illegally baiting coyotes with poisoned meat in an effort to kill the wild animals. This practice is common despite being illegal and dangerous to other animals.

The BC Conversation Office has been contacted about the incident.

Trail RCMP is looking for any information on the identity of the suspect who may be responsible for these two incidents. Anyone with information may call the Trail Detachment at 250-364-2566 to speak to an investigation.

Trail RCMP recommends that all dogs be kept inside, leashed, or fenced to discourage roaming in the area to prevent poisoning as the investigation continues to unfold. says Sgt. 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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