California man faces charges following New Year’s Eve brawl in the village 

Police say suspect bit officer, resulting in minor injuries

SCREENSHOT - A screenshot of smartphone footage provided to Global News of Whistler police detaining a suspect following a New Year's Eve brawl on the Village Stroll.
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  • A screenshot of smartphone footage provided to Global News of Whistler police detaining a suspect following a New Year's Eve brawl on the Village Stroll.

Whistler police have arrested a California man following a New Year’s Eve brawl in the village.

At about 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1, RCMP officers on foot patrol on the Village Stroll observed a fight that had broken out north of the Ted Nebbeling Bridge involving multiple people. Officers intervened and deployed pepper spray in the melee. While in the process of arresting one of the individuals involved, police say a 23-year-old California man bit an attending officer, who was treated for minor injuries.

Mounties ultimately took five males into custody, four of whom were subsequently released without charges. The California man was released on a promise to appear in court on charges of assaulting a peace officer.

Global News acquired footage of police detaining the suspect shot on smartphone, which can be viewed at globalnews.ca/video/4806409/multiple-people-arrested-after-nye-fight-in-whistler-village.

Whistler RCMP said it responded to 26 calls for service between 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, “for mostly minor issues,” according to a release.

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