Car accidents near Ladysmith keep RCMP busy

Ladysmith RCMP responded to 59 calls for service in the past week, including numerous car accidents.

The Ladysmith Detachment responded to a total of 59 calls for service over the past week.

Monday, March 12

} In the early morning hours of March 12, the police responded to a break and enter in progress at an address in the 1100 block of Third Avenue.

The police located a rain-soaked and intoxicated individual who had become locked out of a residence he was staying at in the area.

The 19-year-old male was detained in custody, and the police are continuing their investigation. No damage or entry was made to the residence.

Tuesday, March 13

} The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident at the corner of Colonia Drive and Cameron Road in Ladysmith.

The driver of an uninsured pickup truck drove off the road into a utility pole, shearing it off. The driver suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident. The RCMP are continuing their investigation.

} The police received a report that a vehicle which had been entered overnight and a variety of items had been stolen.

The owner of the vehicle was travelling from Ontario, and the vehicle had been parked at the Cassidy Mobile Home Park on Seabird Road. The theft remains under active investigation.

} On March 13, the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a theft of tarps from semi trailer units in the Cedar/Cloke Road area. The theft occurred some time over the previous week. There are no suspects at this time.

Wednesday, March 14

} On the morning of March 14, the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of theft of meat and various food items from a freezer located in a carport in the 13600 block of Wagon Wheel Drive.

The theft occurred overnight.

} The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of theft from a vehicle in the 300 block of Chemainus Road.

A variety of electronic items and tools, including the stereo, were stolen. The theft occurred sometime over the previous 10 days.

The police are continuing their investigation.

Thursday, March 15

} During the evening of March 15, the Ladysmith RCMP responded to a single vehicle accident on Cedar Road.

The driver of the vehicle skidded off the road in a curve and rolled over. The new driver sustained minor injuries and is facing speed-related charges under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Saturday, March 17

} During the morning of March 17, the Ladysmith RCMP and South Island Traffic Unit responded to a collision between a motorcycle and car.

The motorcycle proceeded through a red light at the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway and Thicke Road. The motorcycle lost control, and the driver was thrown clear.  The motorcycle was then struck by the car.

The driver of the motorcycle suffered minor injuries and was taken to Nanaimo Regional Hospital.

The 49-year-old driver of the motorcycle is facing multiple charges, including no driver’s licence, no insurance and failing to stop at a red light.

Sunday, March 18

} Early in the morning of March 18, the Ladysmith RCMP, assisted by the South Island Traffic Service, responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle accident.

The new driver of the vehicle, occupied by six people, had gone off Spruston Road and rolled over.

All occupants of the vehicle were coming from a rave located up Spruston Road.

Four of the occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The police are continuing their investigation, and charges will be recommended against the driver.

} During the afternoon, the Ladysmith RCMP responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision at Yellow Point Road and Doole Road.

The northbound car on Doole Road went through the intersection and was struck by a Ford pickup on Yellow Point Road.

The driver and passenger in the car suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital.

The police are continuing their investigation with the assistance of the RCMP Traffic Analyst.

} During the evening of March 18, the Ladysmith RCMP and members of the South Island Traffic Service conducted a road check on Spruston Road.

More than 200 vehicles were checked, with many of them “new” drivers.

Further up Spruston Road, a rave was being held for the second night in a row. Large numbers of young adults were in attendance.

As a result of the road check, various alcohol-related offences were investigated.

} During the past week, the Ladysmith RCMP responded to six false alarms and two abandoned 9-1-1 calls.