‘Suspicious’ male may have been following teen girl 

Police Briefs: Rope rescue in Brandywine; Break-in to White Gold home

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Investigators are looking for more information on a ‘suspicious male’ who may have been following a teenage girl last week, police said.

The 16-year-old girl reportedly noticed the male at about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the area of Spruce Grove Way and Highway 99. She then spotted him again two more times as she walked into Whistler Cay.

The man did not say anything or attempt to approach the girl, police said.

He’s described as Causasian, between 40 and 60 years of age, bald, and around 5-10 tall.

Anyone who believes they have seen this man or experienced a similar incident is asked to contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044.

Couple rescued from steep embankment near Brandywine Falls

Whistler firefighters rescued a couple this week that became stranded on a steep slope in Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.

The Whistler Fire Rescue Service was tapped by local police to assist after the couple had reportedly ventured beyond the official park trail to an embankment close to Brandywine Falls.

“It was dark, and these people didn’t have any lights or anything so they obviously got caught down there in the dark trying to make their way up,” noted Fire Chief Geoff Playfair.

Once on the scene, crews used a rope to carry out what turned out to be a fairly routine rescue, Playfair said.

“The rope was for safety and stability, not so much because it was a vertical.

"They assisted the two people to climb back up to the top and all of that was completed in the course of about 40 minutes,” he added.

Playfair urged anyone going out in the backcountry to “prepare for the possible rather than what you’re intending to do.

“It’s easy for something to go wrong, and having a toque and gloves, a thicker jacket, … something to snack on, they’re all easy things to carry and could be worth their weight in gold if the incident turns into something different,” he noted.

Athletic goods reportedly stolen in break-in

A trove of athletic equipment was reportedly stolen in a break-in to a White Gold home this week.

On Oct. 30, a local resident contacted police to report a break-and-enter to a residence on Toni Sailer Lane sometime between 11 p.m. the previous night and 6 a.m. that morning.

Several items were reportedly stolen from a garage, including three bikes, a pair of skis, an Avalanche backpack, a surfboard, and ski jackets. Anyone with information on the alleged theft is asked to contact Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Sea to Sky Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Flurry of impaired driving charges over last week

Police had their hands full dealing with a string of impaired driving charges in both Whistler and Pemberton over the past week.

“Whistler-Pemberton RCMP want to remind the public that traffic safety continues to be a Detachment priority and the public can expect continued enforcement with zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” read an RCMP release.

On Oct. 26, a 23-year-old Squamish man was stopped at a roadblock at Highway 99 and Lorimer Road and given a 24-hour driving suspension after he failed a breath sample test.

The next night, a 34-year-old Whistler man was stopped at a road check on Alpha Lake Road, where he provided two breath samples over the legal limit. He was handed an immediate 90-day roadside prohibition and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Later on Oct. 27, an 18-year-old German man was driving out of an underground parking lot when he failed to yield to a police vehicle driving by. An officer stopped the vehicle and the driver exhibited signs of impairment, police said. He subsequently failed two breathalyser tests and was suspended for 90 days and had his vehicle impounded.

In the early hours of Oct. 28, police noticed a van parked on a sidewalk on Blackcomb Way. An officer noticed the 32-year-old driver had open liquor in the vehicle. A breathalyser test was administered, which the driver failed twice. He was also given a 90-day driving suspension and had his car impounded for a month.

Later that day, a witness called Pemberton RCMP to report he had seen a man he knew driving a blue van, which had broken down on the side of Highway 99 north of Whistler.

At the scene, officers determined the man, a 37-year-old from Skatin, was prohibited from driving. He was arrested and his vehicle was impounded.

Later on Oct. 28, an officer conducting a road safety check on Highway 99 south of the In-SHUCK-ch Forest Service Road stopped a vehicle, and soon learned the 52-year-old driver was not allowed to get behind the wheel. The Mount Currie man was arrested and taken to the Pemberton detachment, where he failed two breath sample tests.

He was released to appear in court in January on several charges.

That same night, an officer observed a vehicle speeding on Blackcomb Way. After stopping the vehicle, the driver, a 38-year-old Surrey woman, showed signs of impairment. She then provided two breath samples, which resulted in a “Warn” reading, meaning they were at or near the legal limit.

The woman was handed a three-day driving suspension.

Then, just after midnight on Halloween, an officer stopped a vehicle on Blackcomb Way and detected an odour of liquor coming from the driver.

The 20-year-old Ontario man subsequently failed two breathalyser demands and had his vehicle impounded for a month.

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