RCMP deal with large Canada Day crowd in Osoyoos
July 04, 2017 - 11:16 AM
OSOYOOS - Osoyoos RCMP contended with huge crowds in Osoyoos on Canada Day.
RCMP say the Osoyoos Cherry Fiesta and big celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday resulted in a much larger crowd than in previous years for the day long festival and fireworks events.
Police attended several disturbances, largely due to intoxication, with many individuals arrested and held until sober, according to an RCMP media release.
Two group fights broke out, one of which is still under investigation by RCMP, with charges possible against a 21-year-old Osoyoos man.
A jet ski was seized after police observed the driver operating the watercraft at dangerously high speeds, without consideration for other nearby boat traffic who were on the lake to watch the fireworks, police say.
Traffic following the evening fireworks was extremely backed up with members of Anarchist Fire Department conducting traffic control to help drivers leave the downtown area. In spite of the extra traffic control, delays were still lengthy, simply due to traffic volumes.
Police investigated an accident later in the night on Highway 3 at the Main Street bridge after a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am went off the road, striking a lamp standard near the bridge, RCMP say. Damage to the lamp standard resulted in a lane closure on the highway until repairs could be made.
Two passengers were taken to hospital for non life-threatening injuries. The driver, who was unharmed, was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition for driving while intoxicated.
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