Motorist caught driving high in Elk Valley

RCMP issues 44 tickets to drivers; motorist fined $230 under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act

A motorist has been fined $230 for driving while under the influence of cannabis.

It was one of 44 tickets issued by the Elk Valley RCMP between February 15 and 28, according to a press release issued Monday.

In total, six impaired drivers were taken off the streets and received either a 30 or 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition.

During that period, the RCMP responded to 173 calls for service, including 17 motor vehicle collisions; 13 reports of suspicious activity; seven disturbances; two assaults; three breaches of bail conditions; two stranded snowmobilers; and three thefts involving a bicycle, snow bike and shoplifting.

There were also five mischiefs reported, including in the Baynes Lake area, where hazards were deliberately left on roadways.

According to the RCMP release, sometime between February 25 and 27, a tree was cut down and left lying across the road, while five gallon oil buckets were placed in the middle of the highway.

The RCMP said these actions could lead to serious accidents.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Fernie RCMP at 250-423-4404 and quote file number 2019-633.

Police are also investigating vandalism at Sparwood Secondary.

Around March 4, a vehicle tried to enter the school yard via a locked gate, damaging the gate and leaving behind pieces of grille headlights.

The vehicle is described as being a truck with yellow paint transfer and visible front end damage.

Anyone with information about this act of vandalism is asked to call Sparwood RCMP at 250-425-6233.

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