Police Beat: flipped tractor-trailer, stop & go driver
Tractor-trailer slips off the highway
On Thursday, January 4, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. frontline Trail and Greater District officers responded to a single vehicle incident on Highway 3B near the intersection of Ross Spur Road, in Fruitvale, BC.
When officers arrived, they discovered a tractor-trailer unit had slid into the ditch and flipped onto its side. The driver, a 22-year-old Castlegar man, did not appear to have any injuries at the time of the incident. He reported to police that he was travelling around 50 km/h when he slid off into the ditch when his tractor-trailer failed to turn the corner as he turned his wheels to negotiate it.
Officers believed that the snow and ice covering the roadway was a factor in the incident.
“Snow has finally arrived. Please be prepared for winter road conditions and avoid travelling in them if possible,” says Sgt. Wicentowich.
Stop and go then stop again
On Friday, January 5, 2024, at 5:24 p.m., two frontline Trail and Greater District RCMP officers responded to a report of an alleged erratic driver travelling westbound on Highway 3B, in Trail, BC. The officers located the driver, a 30-year-old Trail woman, and her vehicle on the highway.
The officers attempted to detained the woman and her vehicle roadside after they activated their emergency equipment. The woman took a long time to slow down and stop for the officers. Once stopped, the two officers approached the woman and her vehicle on foot; however, the woman drove off suddenly.
The officers re-engaged the woman and vehicle again and stopped her for a second time. The woman managed to lightly bump her vehicle into one of the police cars that parked in front of her as she came to a stop. Again, the officers approached woman and her vehicle on foot. This time she remained at the scene.