September 23, 2015 - 2:00 PM
CHASE - Drunk driver, collisions, theft and fire keep Chase RCMP officers on their toes.
On Sept. 14, Chase RCMP received a report of five propane cylinders stolen from the Race Trac gas station in Squilax. Surveillance video showed that at roughly 4:45 a.m., a dark-coloured, recent model Dodge pickup truck with a canopy approached the gas station and parked near the propane cylinder cage. The driver of the truck cut the cage lock with bolt cutters and placed the cylinders in the truck. RCMP determined the truck had been stolen from Kamloops. The thief appeared to be Caucasian, with a thin build, wearing a dark heavy-hooded coat, black shoes, blue jeans and a ball cap.
On Sept. 15, Chase RCMP were on scene of a residential fire on Hillside Avenue in Chase to provide scene safety for the Chase Volunteer Fire Department. According to the home owner, the fire began while he was cooking french fries in a pot of oil on the stove. The home owner was unable to extinguish the blaze, which quickly grew out of control. No one was injured but damage to the home was extensive.
On Sept. 19, at roughly 1 a.m., Chase RCMP received an anonymous tip about an impaired driver. Police stopped the suspect vehicle, a Dodge Dakota, on Highway 1. The driver exhibited signs of impairment and a breath sample showed he had been drinking alcohol. He was issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and the vehicle was impounded.
Around 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 19, Chase RCMP responded to a motor vehicle incident on Highway 97 near Duck Range Road in Monte Lake. Police officers found a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire in the ditch. The 25-year-old driver said she lost control of the vehicle due to the slick road conditions. There were no injuries and the car was towed out of the ditch.
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