The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 73 calls for service from Nov. 22-29.
Thursday, November 22
• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident in the 13000 block of Cedar Road. The lone female driver of a black Toyota Camry had struck a hydro pole, and the vehicle suffered extensive damage to the front end. The police entered into an impaired driving investigation, and the driver was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act and suspended from driving, and the vehicle was impounded. The driver did not suffer any serious injuries as a result of the accident.
Saturday, November 24
• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of an overdue mushroom picker. The mushroom picker had not returned at the designated time, and the police were contacted. Search and Rescue were notified and attended to search. A short time into the search, the Search and Rescue team located the missing mushroom picker, whose leg had locked up and he had become disorientated in the darkness. No other injuries were sustained.
Thursday, November 29
• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Cedar Road. A northbound vehicle on Cedar Road, approaching the curve near North Oyster School, swerved to avoid a deer that had jumped onto the roadway. The driver of the vehicle lost control, and the vehicle left the roadway, striking a utility pole. The driver and passenger in the vehicle were not injured, and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of two blankets being stolen from a garage in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue. One blanket was described as a grey “tarp” style, and the other was a grey wool blanket. There are no suspects or witnesses to the theft.
• The Ladysmith Festival of Lights was another success. A large crowd was in attendance, and the RCMP were highly visible, utilizing regular and auxiliary members from surrounding detachments, including Nanaimo, North Cowichan/Duncan, South Island Traffic Services and Vancouver Island RCMP District Resources.
The event continued to be a family-oriented event, with very few police-related calls for service.
During the evening, the police received a number of parking-related complaints with private driveways being blocked, as well as a report of a missing 11-year-old girl, who was located and returned home by the end of the evening. Throughout the night, three individuals were located intoxicated in public and were lodged in police custody until sober.