RCMP Report 

Few highway issues during blizzards

While the Sea to Sky region was hit hard with snowstorms last week the highway didn't experience any major delays as the result of accidents or closures, according to the Whistler RCMP.

While traffic was slow moving at times, only a handful of accidents were reported in the Whistler area.

On Nov. 17 at roughly 11:12 a.m. a southbound SUV slipped on an icy patch of road and rolled over, damaging the front end and roof of the vehicle. When the RCMP arrived there were two men standing beside the vehicle with minor injuries.

The section of road had been salted an hour before the accident. No charges were laid.

The following day at 11:56 a.m. the RCMP got a call about a vehicle in the ditch at the Cal-Cheak turnoff and when they attended the scene they found a tree across the southbound lanes. They stopped to slow traffic in the area around the tree, and were informed shortly afterwards that a tow truck was already on the scene removing the stuck vehicle.

On Nov. 19 the RCMP responded to a call at 12:24 p.m. that a commercial vehicle had slid off Highway 99 at Emerald Estates, with the trailer going into the ditch. There was a short highway closure as the tow truck pulled the trailer out of the ditch. The driver of that vehicle was charged with Driving Without Consideration.

 

Bear walks into home

While most of Whistler's bears are hibernating on the mountains there are a few still looking for food in the valley.

On Nov. 20 a bear entered the front door of a home on Cedar Grove Lane.

According to the RCMP the resident was sitting in the living room when the bear pushed open the door, but she did not react right away because she thought the noise might be related to the dog. When she saw the bear she ran upstairs and called the RCMP.

In the meantime the bear left the house without causing any damage or stealing any food.

The RCMP patrolled the area but the bear had disappeared. The Conservation Office has been notified.

There was another bear run-in on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. on Alta Vista Road. A local resident stepped outside his residence to go for a walk and encountered a bear on his porch rummaging through the barbecue. The bear quickly left the area, and was not spotted by any patrols.

 

Surrey resident arrested

A report of an assault in the village led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Surrey male on drug charges over the weekend.

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