Whistler RCMP officer rescues injured hiker 

Police News: drug bust charges laid, taxi hits pedestrian and man thrown through shop window

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A 42-year-old Whistler man has a police officer to thank after he was rescued last Tuesday, March 18 while hiking in the Brandywine area.

At around 10 p.m., Whistler RCMP received a distress call from the man who had fallen while attempting to access a tree platform and suffered a broken femur as a result.

When an ambulance could not access the area, Cpl. Scott Langtry decided to try and find the injured hiker himslef, walking several kilometres through snow along a railroad track. Search and rescue were called as well. After about an hour, the RCMP officer heard the injured hiker yelling for help.

"(Langtry) is not certain if (the hiker) would have been found (as quickly) if he hadn't actually walked in," said Cpl. Diane Blain. "We're really proud of this story."

The man was then removed from the area by sled and ATV to receive medical attention. He remains in hospital, Blain said.

This isn't the first time the quick-thinking officer has trekked on foot to help hikers in need of assistance, Blain said.

"About two months ago he helped some skiers the same way," she said. "He walked in quite far; they were lost, sort of in the Creekside area. They were tourists and had been hiking for hours. He went out and figured out where they were, bringing the 4x4 as far as he could get it on the logging road, and went in and met them and brought them back."

Charges laid following Whistler drug bust

Two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking have been laid against a 27-year-old Whistler man who was arrested in the fall.

Police received information several months ago leading to a search warrant for the house of Conrad Vickerson, who was suspected of dealing drugs, Cpl.Blain said. Upon searching the man's home, "a significant amount" of drugs, believed to be MDMA, were found, according to police. Blain was unaware of the amount that was seized at the time.

"Mr. Vickerson was well known to us," she said, adding, "It's someone we've kept an eye out for."

Pedestrian struck by taxi cab, airlifted to hospital

A cab driver reportedly struck an intoxicated male while backing out of a Whistler driveway on Friday, March 21, causing significant injuries to a local man.

After dropping off an individual at a home on Garibaldi Way, police said the cab driver attempted to stop, but struck an intoxicated man dressed in dark clothing. The man suffered a severe concussion believed to have been caused by the impact of his head hitting the pavement. The man's injuries were "significant enough" that he was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening at this point, said Cpl. Blain.

While police continue to investigate the collision, they believe that the driver was not at fault, Blain noted.

Man thrown through pizza shop window

A man was thrown through a Whistler pizza shop window last Friday, March 21, following an altercation with a fellow patron.

At around 2:30 a.m., police received the report of the incident, and arrested a 24-year-old Whistler man. The issue was later resolved informally after the man agreed to pay the restaurant to repair the window. No charges will be laid, Cpl. Blain said, and no major injuries were reported.


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