Sparks fly as car hits tree near Ladysmith

The Ladysmith RCMP responded to 98 calls for service from Sept. 13-20, including vandalism to vehicles and a motor vehicle accident.

The Ladysmith RCMP Detachment responded to 98 calls for service from Sept. 13-20.

Thursday, Sept. 13

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of the locks being cut off a forestry gate on S. Watts Road.  The police investigation is continuing, and we have surfaced a number of investigative leads to follow up.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of windows smashed out of an excavator parked at the VIU campsite on Ninattie Road. The excavator was entered but nothing was stolen.

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident at 8:50 a.m. at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Grouhel Road. A green Pontiac Sunfire attempted to make a left turn onto the Trans-Canada Highway after stopping at the stop sign. The driver failed to see a southbound vehicle, which struck the Pontiac after it proceeded to enter the highway. The driver of the southbound vehicle was able to brake, slowing the vehicle speed; however, it could not avoid the collision. Both vehicles were damaged and were towed from the accident scene. No injuries were sustained by the occupants.

Friday, Sept. 14

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a broken window on a vehicle which had been parked overnight on Warren Street. The window appeared to have been pulled out and away from the vehicle. A forensic identification exam was conducted, and we obtained further evidence. The police are continuing their investigation.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report that a Dodge pickup truck on Penelakut Island had been vandalized overnight. Individuals had flattened the tires, shot holes in the vehicle, smashed the windows and attempted to set it on fire. The police attended and conducted a forensic examination.  The police have surfaced a number of investigative leads and are continuing their investigation.

Monday, Sept. 17

• The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident on Timberlands Road. Upon arrival at the scene, the RCMP located a vehicle that was upended and leaning against a large tree, pointing nose down. The hydro power lines were hanging from the trees and sparking. There were no occupants in the vehicle. Hydro attended to deal with the power lines, and the vehicle was eventually towed from the location. Subsequent investigation identified the female driver, who indicated she was alone at the time of the accident and swerved to avoid an object. The police are continuing their investigation, and speed appears to be a contributing factor in the accident.

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of an unlocked vehicle on White Street which had been entered overnight. Approximately $5 in change was stolen, along with two pair of sunglasses.

Tuesday, Sept. 18

• The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle. The driver had parked in the gravel parking lot by the Ladysmith Maritime Society late in the afternoon. Upon returning, the owner found the window smashed and her purse stolen, along with a cellphone and gloves.