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Trail RCMP detain driver, diffuse foul play on golf course

Police briefs released the first week of July

The latest media brief released by the Trail RCMP last week outlines some unique calls for police assistance over Canada Day weekend.

The Trail detachment reported that on Friday, June 30 at 10:30 p.m., a police officer was conducting a routine patrol in a marked police vehicle when she observed a Dodge Caravan without valid insurance travelling eastbound on the Victoria Street Bridge, in Trail.

The officer detained the driver, a 68-year-old Trail man, and his passenger roadside.

The officer discovered that the man allegedly did not possess a valid B.C. driver’s licence and was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle in B.C. The officer issued the man a driving prohibition and impounded his vehicle for up to seven days.

The man was issued a $276 fine for no driver’s licence and a $598 fine for driving without insurance.

• The morning of July 1, a police officer received a report that a woman dressed in a hospital gown with an oxygen tube hanging from her nose was walking across the Victoria Street Bridge. The officer located the 48-year-old Trail woman in downtown Trail, and gave her a ride back to the hospital.

• Later that morning, police received a complaint about an incident that occurred on a golf course in Rossland. The complainant said a 50-year-old Rossland man and his group were playing on the course when a golf ball sailed over them and landed nearby.

In frustration, the man returned the wayward golf ball by hitting it back with his club to the group behind him. This incident sparked some upset feelings between the two parties and the man began receiving angry texts from the group behind him.

The Rossland man contacted an officer who diffused the situation between the groups.

“Men and their balls,” Sgt. Mike Wicentowich observed.

• Early Sunday, July 2, an RCMP officer was on routine patrol in a marked police vehicle when he attempted to detain two occupants in a 2019 Ford van for allegedly driving erratically, speeding, and failing to signal in the 700 block of Victoria Street in downtown Trail. Police allege the driver did not stop the vehicle for the officer and fled.

Trail RCMP continue to investigate the incident, but report that the driver and passenger have been identified with the assistance of Nelson police.

“Trail RCMP will be requesting criminal charges against the driver for failing to stop his vehicle,” Wicentowich said.