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Police arrest hatchet wielding man, recover stolen vehicle as part of busy Labour Day weekend

Kamloops Mounties responded to 486 calls for service during the last long weekend of the summer, from midnight on Friday Sept. 3, to 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept. 7.
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Kamloops Mounties responded to 486 calls for service during the last long weekend of the summer, from midnight on Friday Sept. 3, to 9 a.m. on Tuesday Sept. 7.

Some highlights from a busy weekend:


After overdose, police take man to hospital under Mental Health Act

Officers were forced to apprehend a man under the Mental Health Act after he overdosed and refused to go to the hospital on Friday night.

At about 10:15 p.m., police were patrolling when they came across firefighters and paramedics tending to a man who overdosed near the 400-block of Seymour Street downtown.

Const. Crystal Evelyn said that, after receiving approximately six to eight doses of naloxone and medical care, the man regained consciousness and was immediately confrontational, refusing to go the hospital.

Concerned for his well-being, police apprehended the man under the Mental Health Act and helped paramedics get him to Royal Inland Hospital to ensure he received medical care.


Man arrested after report of a possible shooting

A man was taken to cells on Saturday morning after police received a call from a person who claimed he had been shot and had killed the perpetrator.

Evelyn said officers went to the area of Tranquille Road and Wood Street in North Kamloops at about 12:30 a.m. and found the suspected caller, who was uninjured and intoxicated. No victims or evidence of injuries were found.

Inside the police vehicle, the man began kicking its doors and hitting his head.

He was lodged in cells to sober up safely and was handed violation tickets for open alcohol and public intoxication.


Police vehicle damaged following youth’s arrest

A police vehicle was taken out of service after a youth kicked the door until it caved in — then spat all over the interior.

The violent incident occurred on Sunday at 10:40 p.m. after officers responded to the Angus Street area in North Kamloops for a report of a youth damaging a vehicle and a home, then assaulting and threatening someone.

Evelyn said the youth was arrested and lodged in cells to sober up safely, then released with a court date, pending charges to be approved by Crown.


Stolen vehicle recovered in Valleyview

A stolen Alberta vehicle was located and its driver was arrested by a Mountie on patrol in Valleyview on Sunday.

Just before 7 a.m. the officer was patrolling the frontage road near Commazetto Road when he came across a truck in the parking lot of a gas station. Police checks revealed the vehicle was reported as stolen in late August as part of an armed robbery investigation in Alberta.

“Backup attended and the lone occupant, a Kamloops man, was arrested,” Evelyn said,, noting the man was released with a court date, pending approval of charges by Crown.


Woman arrested following crash on Pacific Way

An impaired driver was removed from the roadway thanks to the help of a Kamloops resident.

Just before 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, a resident in Aberdeen reported hearing a loud bang on Pacific Way, then seeing a woman drive off in a damaged white vehicle.

The resident called Kamloops RCMP and followed the car, which had rear-ended a truck, and watched it until police arrived.

 “After observing signs of intoxication, police demanded the woman provide a roadside sample of her breath, but she refused — an offence which carries the same penalty as receiving a fail reading under the Motor Vehicle Act,” Evelyn said.

“The woman allegedly refused to co-operate and was arrested for obstruction and lodged in cells to sober up safely.”

She received a 90-day driving prohibition and 30-day vehicle impound under the Motor Vehicle Act and was issued a violation ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information related is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file number 2021-31123.


“Hatchet” fight report leads to arrest

Multiple reports of a fight involving a hatchet led to one man being taken into custody on Monday evening.
At about 5:50 p.m., officers responded to the area of Eighth Street and Tranquille Street in North Kamloops, where a man was seen hiding something in a bag, later revealed to be a hatchet.

Evelyn said no victims or witnesses were located, but the man was arrested for being intoxicated in public and taken to the detachment cells to sober up safely.