Media Release: February 9th, 2014

On Saturday February 8 at 1:45 AM the Nelson Police were called to the uphill area to assist with a small house party that had gotten out of control. A guest had consumed too much liquor and became combative and when thrown out began trying to break back in. When Police arrived he was taken into custody and lodged into cells. It was there that a quantity of marijuana was found in his pockets and that he was bound by numerous conditions from another jurisdiction forbidding him to consume liquor and to be in his home by a certain time. When sober the young male was released and will appear in Nelson courts to answer to charges of possession of a controlled substance, mischief to property, and breaching release conditions. NPD file 2014-529 refers.

On Saturday February 8 at 2:45AM the Nelson Police were called to the 600 block Baker St for excessive noise at a facility and discovered several violations of the liquor permit issued for the event. The 40 year old party host was sanctioned under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act for failing to clear patron out in time and allowing patrons to consume after the event closed. NPD file 2014-530 refers.

On Sunday February 9 at 12:25AM staff at a local pub called to requested police assistance with several males who had been refused entry and were harassing the doorman. They had determined they were too intoxicated to allow inside which did not sit well with the males. Nelson Police members attended and all but one immediately left. The last one, a 32 year old student in Nelson decided to remain. He was detained for public intoxication and members immediately noted the stolen shoes sticking out of his pockets. While being searched incident to his arrest for the stolen property a quantity of street drugs were found on him. He was lodged into cells until sober and will appear in court April 29 to answer to charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and public intoxication. NPD file 2014-540 refers.

Media Release: February 3, 2014

Distracted Driver Campaign

The Nelson Police Department will be actively watching for distracted drivers during the month of February. Drivers are four times more likely to crash when talking on a hand held phone and 23 times more likely to get in a crash if they text behind the wheel. On average 34 people in the Southern Interior of British Columbia perish in distracted driving related crashes. Please think twice when tempted to initiate a call, answer your phone or text during driving. Please pull over when safe to so or simply wait until you reach your destination prior to using your hand held phone. By working together we can change driver’s attitudes and habits making road travel safer in the process. Please join us at the Nelson Police Department in our campaign to reduce motor vehicle crashes and save lives.

Police may issue a ticket with a penalty of $167 and three penalty points to drivers that are observed talking or texting on their hand held cell phones while driving.

Winter Driving

On Wednesday morning the Nelson Police Department responded numerous motor vehicle collisions. The recent snowfall caused reduced traction on Nelson roads that resulted in thousands of dollars of vehicle damages. Winter weather can produce hazardous driving conditions. Please be vigilant, especially when weather changes occur. When weather conditions change drivers must be alert to the changing driving conditions. The first snow fall, the first day of rainfall or the first day of sub zero temperatures are all examples of changes that should trigger drivers to be extra attentive. Take your time, leave extra space from the vehicle in front of you and avoid steep hills when alternate routes are available.

NPD file 2014-452

Over the weekend officers of the Nelson Police Department were called to assist a young adult who was holding a party in his parent’s home. With the help of social media and word of mouth, the party quickly swelled way beyond its intended size. The young person had the wisdom to recognize that the party was well beyond his means to control. Crowds of teens were coming and going, spilling out into the cold night air and the music was blaring out into the neighbourhood.

When police arrived they were met at the front door by the teen’s well intentioned, but misinformed friends, who happened to fancy themselves as “street lawyers”. The officers on scene prevailed until the complainant was located and interviewed. The complainant, who seemed wise beyond his years, discussed the matter with police and sought their advice.

Choosing to ignore the advice of his unretained “on site legal team”, the young person calmly and shrewdly shut down the party and ejected approximately 75 unwanted guests while police stood by. Within 30 minutes the situation was back under control and the party was shrunk to a manageable size.