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Routine traffic stop in Whistler Village leads to impaired driving charge, roadside suspension

Police Briefs: Visitor spotted ditching suspected cocaine released without charges; Items stolen from unlocked car

What started as a routine traffic stop for a driver visiting Whistler ended up in impaired driving charges and a license suspension, police said in a release.

On the evening of Sept. 27, an RCMP member was doing traffic enforcement on Village Gate Boulevard and stopped a prohibited driver from out of the area who had been speeding. The driver showed signs of impairment, police said, and he subsequently failed a roadside breathalyzer test.

While searching the driver’s car, police said they found small quantities of different drugs, which were later disposed of. The car was impounded for 30 days, and the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition.

Visitor escapes with no charges after being spotted with suspected cocaine

A visitor to the resort escaped with no charges last week after he was allegedly spotted by police with suspected cocaine, according to an RCMP release.

On the evening of Oct. 7, police said members on foot patrol in the 4000 block of Whistler Way observed a man holding a mobile phone “with lines of white powder believed to be cocaine.” When the man saw police, Mounties said he tipped the phone to dump the powder, wiped his phone off, “then threw two small bags of white powder down the steps.”

Officers arrested the suspect but later released him without charges, as he had no previous drug history and because the quantities of suspected cocaine found was small, police said.

Items stolen from unlocked car in Emerald

The owner of a vehicle that was left unlocked last week had their wallet and other items stolen, police said.

Sometime overnight on Oct. 5, police said a wallet and other items were taken from the car parked in the 9400 block of Emerald Drive. Police said entrance was gained through an unlocked door.

The vehicle’s owner soon after cancelled their bank cards to prevent future frauds.

In a separate incident that occurred sometime overnight on Oct. 4, police said unknown suspects rummaged through the glove box of a pickup truck parked in the 6600 block of Cedar Grove Lane.

Police said suspects didn’t steal anything nor was any damage done to the vehicle.

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