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Thinking his car insurance had expired, a man jumped out of a moving vehicle to evade Whistler police

Police Briefs: Dinghy rescued from Howe Sound

A driver jumped out of his moving vehicle in an attempt to evade police last week thinking his car insurance had expired, Whistler RCMP said in a release.

Just after midnight last Thursday, Oct. 22, police observed a grey car travelling on Village Gate Boulevard with the driver’s side door open. The officer pulled a U-turn before watching the now empty car drift into an oncoming lane and collide with a streetlight.

The driver, located nearby, reportedly told Mounties that “he jumped out of the vehicle while it was still in motion” when he noticed the police cruiser turn around in pursuit, “as he thought he had no insurance.”

The attending officer helpfully “pointed out to the driver that he had insurance, then proceeded to deal with their actions and the resulting accident,” police said.

Stranded dinghy rescued from Howe Sound

A dinghy stranded on Howe Sound in windy conditions was rescued by the RCMP and Squamish Marine Search and Rescue team last week, according to a release.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, Squamish RCMP received a report of an individual in an eight-foot dinghy unable to get to shore after losing their oars. With Squamish under a wind advisory at the time, Mounties enlisted the help of search and rescue crews to successfully retrieve the boater.

The individual eventually told police they found the dinghy and “decided to go for a boat ride,” the release stated. “Police seized the dinghy from the individual and had a conversation regarding boating safety.”