Police Beat: Fraud, Speeding in School Zones, and Drunk Driving
A 56-year-old Warfield resident reported to our local RCMP detachment that someone driving an older-model black Subaru with Alberta plates approached him and tried to sell him a gold chain and ring. The resident was aware of this recent scam, in which a suspect pretends to be stranded (or offers some other plausible reason for needing cash) and offers to sell “gold” jewelry to an unsuspecting victim at a “discounted” price. After paying money to the scammer, the victim later finds that the items are worthless.
Readers who have any information about persons attempting this scam, please contact the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP at 250-364-2566.
Speeding in School Zones:
The RCMP utilized marked and unmarked police vehicles, in-car radar, a hand-held laser unit, and observation to monitor and enforce speed limits. The RCMP are happy to report that most drivers were compliant with the 30 km/h speed limit — with a few notable exceptions.
One of those exceptions was a driver fined $368 for driving approximately 80 km/hr into the J.L. Webster Elementary School speed zone just after 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 3 – the first day of school.
Two other drivers were each fined $196 for driving at speeds between 21 km/hr and 40 km/hr over the speed limit, and three drivers were fined $138 each for speeding up to 20 km/hr over the speed limit.
The RCMP would like to thank the Warfield station of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Department for partnering with them on the morning Wednesday, September 4, 2019, by slowing down traffic by their presence and visibility in the JL Webster School zone.
The RCMP will continue to monitor school zone traffic and enforce speed limits throughout the school year.
On September 8, the RCMP investigated a driver apparently under the influence of alcohol on Redstone Drive in Rossland. He failed a roadside breath test, and was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition under section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act, and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.