Media Release: December 23rd, 2013

The Nelson Police Department is continuing its holiday checkstop program. On Wednesday evening approximately 400 motorists were stopped and spoken to by Nelson Police Department members. On that evening 6 Provincial tickets were handed out and 10 warnings given.

Over the weekend several drivers lost their licenses to either 3 or 90 day suspensions for drinking and driving.

On Sunday Dec 22 at 1:35AM a young couple was seen getting into a vehicle parked in the 700 block Vernon St. When they noted the marked police truck nearby, they got out and walked away. As soon as the Nelson Police Member drove off they jumped back in and drove off breaking several traffic laws in the process. After nearly striking another police vehicle in the area the driver was stopped and detained. He was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving without consideration for others, his license suspended for 3 days and his vehicle impounded. Fortunately no one was hurt on this occasion. NPD file 2013-5954 refers.

At 3:15 the same morning Nelson Police Members noted a truck driving erratically on Front Street. The vehicle was stopped and the 41 year old driver provided two samples of his breath to a roadside screening device. Both samples registered “FAIL”. His license was suspended for 90 days and vehicle impounded for 30. NPD file 2013-5960 refers.

Remember it doesn’t take much alcohol to impair your driving — just because you’ve only had a couple of drinks doesn’t mean you’re okay to drive.

Make a smart choice. If you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a sober designated driver, money for a taxi, a place to stay overnight, or a friend you can call for a ride.

Media Release: October 5th, 2013

On Monday Oct 1 at 3:25PM the Nelson Police received a 911 report of a female being assaulted in the 500 block Herridage Lane. At the same time another caller reported a theft in progress from a business in the 400 block Baker St. Upon arrival Nelson Police members found two males holding a female down. She had allegedly shoplifted from one downtown business and while staff was searching for her she did the same thing in another business. After a foot pursuit she was caught in the 500 block Herridage Lane. While trying to escape she bit one person and kicked another, causing minor injuries to both. The 24 year old was taken into custody and transported to NPD cells until sober. She was then released and will have to answer to charges of theft and assault. All the stolen property was located and returned. NPD file 2013-4727 refers.

On Friday Oct 4 at 9:00AM an off duty Nelson Police Member noted an individual in the 400 block Baker St that he knew was banned from the area for trafficking drugs. The off duty member stayed and spoke with the male while an on duty NPD member attended to investigate the matter further. The 24 year old male is facing charges of breach of his probation and possession of a controlled substance. NPD file 2013-4770 refers.

On Friday Oct 4 at 11:25AM Nelson Police members on foot patrol located several people drinking in Cottonwood Falls Park. All were cooperative and disposed of their liquor immediately. They were warned about the possible $230 fine for public consumption of liquor and escorted out of the park.

On Friday Oct 4 at 11:00PM a vehicle was noted to be driving in excess of the speed limit in the 700 block Vernon St. It then did a U-turn and parked in a no parking zone. NPD members stopped and approached the driver. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol but refused to provide a sample of his breath as required, upon demand. He then began filming the members and interfered with the impounding of his vehicle. He was arrested and charged with obstructing a police officer and will answer to those charges Dec 3 in Nelson. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days and his driver’s license suspended for 90 under the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Media Release: September 23, 2013

On September 20th, 2013, at approximately midnight, Nelson Police Department and Nelson Fire Rescue were called to the intersection of Stanley and Vernon Streets regarding a single vehicle MVI. The driver of the vehicle had lost control while attempting a left turn onto Stanley St from Vernon St and had struck the building on the corner. The 22 year old driver, who was not injured in the crash, was investigated for impaired driving and issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition and the vehicle, though no longer drivable, was impounded for 30 days. (File # 2013-4573 refers)

On September 21st, 2013, at approximately 8:22 in the evening, Nelson Police received several 911 calls from the residences at the 10th Street Campus of Selkirk College. The callers requested an ambulance to attend as one of the students had fallen from the 4th floor walkway onto the rocks below. EHS, Nelson Fire Rescue and Nelson Police attended the scene and located the 22 year old male. He was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital for assessment by medical staff for injuries sustained and further transferred to the Trail Hospital overnight. The lucky student was not seriously injured in the fall and is now recovering at Kootenay Lake Hospital. (File # 2013-4582 refers)

On September 22nd, 2013, at approximately 4:18 in the morning, Nelson Police were called to the Silverking Campus of Selkirk College with regard to a vehicle driving around the college tearing up the grass. The vehicle was observed by a witness to be driving on the sidewalks, on the grass and around the buildings. Nelson Police located the vehicle and 2 19 year old males were arrested for Mischief Over $5000. Both were held in custody until sober and released on a Promise to Appear with a court date and conditions not to attend Selkirk College. The driver was also issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. Representatives for Selkirk College were notified of the damage and they will be making an assessment as to the actual cost to repair the grounds. (File # 2013-4588 refers)

On September 22, 2013, at approximately 6:10 pm, Nelson Police received several 911 calls regarding a single vehicle MVI in the 900 block of Vernon St. Nelson Police, Nelson Fire Rescue and EHS attended. The 46 year old female driver, and lone occupant was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital with injuries sustained in the crash. Nelson Police are continuing their investigation with regard to possible alcohol involvement in the crash. (File # 2013-4594 refers)