Beaver Valley May Days drew in a big crowd for some wholesome weekend revelry.
The annual festivities also kept police involved with the festivities, however; they were busy dealing with the deleterious effects of tipping-the-bottle.
Friday night (May 26), frontline officers responded to a report of a teenager unresponsive in a bathroom located on Columbia Gardens Road. Police say the girl consumed an excessive amount of alcohol with her friend over the course of the night before falling unconscious, which prompted a call to 911. The girl had regained consciousness by the time RCMP arrived.
Officers contacted the girl’s parent who took her to the hospital for a medical assessment.
“Trail RCMP is thankful that we were able to intervene in this situation before it took a more serious turn,” says Sgt. Mike Wicentowich. “Parents, please take some time to talk to your kids about personal responsibility when unsupervised by an adult and the dangers of alcohol.”
Beer garden brawl
Saturday night (May 27) frontline officers responded to a report of an intoxicated Fruitvale man, 54, causing a disturbance and attempting to start a fight with patrons at the Beaver Valley May Days festival. Staff had ejected the man; however, he attempted to return onto the grounds as police arrived. An officer arrested the man for causing a disturbance and being drunk in a public place. He was lodged in the cellblock at the Trail detachment and released when sober.
Beaver Valley blasphemy
Saturday night, frontline officers conducted a foot patrol on the Beaver Valley May Days grounds when an intoxicated Fruitvale man, 31, allegedly began shouting obscenities at the Mounties. Officers, and the man’s friends, tried to calm him down, to no avail. When officers approached the man to resolve the situation, he attempted to run away only to be stopped by an off-duty officer.
The man was arrested for causing a disturbance and for being drunk in a public place. Police say he actively resisted during his arrest, but was eventually lodged in the Trail detachment cellblock without serious incident.
Upon release the following morning, he was fined $115 for being intoxicated in a public place.
Saturday night, a frontline officer was on routine patrol in a marked vehicle when he observed a woman driver cross into his driving lane on Bluebird Road.
The officer had to quickly swerve to avoid a collision. The woman was pulled over, and the officer made observations that lead him to suspect her ability to drive was impaired by alcohol. The Fruitvale woman, 43, provided a breath sample that resulted in a fail.
She was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and her vehicle is in impound for up to 30 days.
Saturday night, a frontline officer was on a routine patrol in a marked vehicle when she observed a man driving erratically on Columbia Gardens Road. The man was pulled over and the officer made observations that lead her to suspect his ability to drive was impaired by alcohol.
The driver, a 44 year-old from Montrose, provided a breath sample that resulted in a fail.
He was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle is in impound for up to 30 days.