Driver charged after hitting police vehicle on the highway — Ladysmith Police Briefs

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to 63 calls for service from Feb. 7-14, including potential child luring involving text messages.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 63 calls for service from Feb. 7-14.

Thursday, Feb. 7

• The Ladysmith RCMP investigated a complaint of potential child luring involving text messages and inappropriate photos being sent from a youth to an 18-year-old male. As a result of the police investigation, an 18-year-old Ladysmith resident was arrested and subsequently released on conditions for court. The police are continuing their investigation. Parents are reminded to monitor their children’s Internet and text activity and discuss safe practices, including the risk of sending photos through the Internet.

Friday, Feb. 8

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a break and enter to a residence in the 4900 block of Yellow Point Road. It is believed the residence was broken into the previous day while the owners were out of town. Six firearms were stolen during the theft. A forensic identification exam resulted in further evidence. The police are continuing their investigation.

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a complaint of an interrupted break and enter in the 3400 block of McGuire Way. Three males in their late teens or early 20s were scared off by a dog and a downstairs resident. One male was wearing a hoody with blue jeans, the second a black hoody with orange writing and black track pants, and the third wore a silver “puffy” type of jacket and blue-coloured pants. The males were thin and average in height. Nothing was stolen, as the suspects were scared off. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP Detachment.

• An on-duty member of the Ladysmith RCMP was stopped in the southbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway with an impaired driver. The police vehicle had its emergency lights on, and the RCMP officer was engaged with the impaired driver at his vehicle. A southbound vehicle passed the scene but failed to move over to the side, giving the required safety distance from the stopped emergency vehicle. The southbound vehicle struck the police vehicle with its mirror and drove off, narrowly missing striking the police officer. The driver of this vehicle was an elderly male, who upon reaching his residence, noticed the damage to his vehicle. The driver returned to the scene and was dealt with by the police. The elderly male was charged with failing to move over and/or slow down for a stopped emergency vehicle, as well as driving without due consideration. A request has also been made to Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for a review of the driver’s licence and driving status. No one was injured during the incident. The public is reminded it is a requirement to move over, provide room for stopped emergency vehicles, and slow down.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

• The Ladysmith RCMP received two reports of Ladysmith residents receiving an e-mail alleging they were from the Royal Bank and requesting personal information. As a result, the two residents sent information and money was withdrawn from their account. The Ladysmith RCMP are continuing their investigation. The public is reminded not to release any personal information, provide PIN or account numbers, or send money. Legitimate institutions should not be asking for your personal information, account information or PIN. If in doubt, contact the institution directly to discuss with a representative prior to releasing any information.