Man goes on drug-induced vehicular assault rampage in Castlegar
Ed Note: The following is a press release issued by the Castlegar RCMP:
A 37-year-old Lillooet man is in police custody after an incident that occurred in downtown Castlegar in the early evening hours of Feb. 18. It is believed that the male was travelling through Castlegar on his way to Lillooet.
RCMP received several calls of someone in the neighbourhood driving a vehicle intentionally into cars that were parked in peoples’ driveways. The male driver then abandoned his car on a lawn and was standing nearby. When a few people tried to approach him, he pulled a knife and waved them off. When police arrived, the male still had the knife in his possession. He eventually dropped the knife very close to his feet. The male was sprayed with OC spray, and after a significant struggle, he was taken into custody. One officer suffered a shoulder injury while attempting to place the male in the police car. No other witnesses or officers were injured. The male was taken to hospital to receive medical attention, however he suffered no injury. A small quantity of what is believed to be meth was located on the male, and a significant quantity of marijuana was also located and seized.
It was learned that the male had driven his vehicle into a business, and a detached residential garage. He also struck a parked van and pushed it into the garage door of the residence where it was parked. He also struck a parked SUV at a neighbouring property, forcing it to hit the residence where it was parked. Extensive property damage was incurred as a result of this incident.
Police will be recommending charges of: Mischief over $5000 X 3,
Mischief under $5000 X 2
possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
possession of Controlled substance
possession for the purpose of trafficking
The motive behind this sudden rampage is believed to be drug related.