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South Delta Crime Beat: Owner colours licence tag pink to avoid insurance

Some files of interest this week for South Delta
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This week's crime beat for South Delta.

The purpose of the Crime Beat is to educate and inform the public about some of the property crime trends occurring in South Delta and other files of interest. If you see anything occurring that you believe to be suspicious, call 911 for in-progress crimes and emergencies or 604-946-4411 for other assistance.

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to in the previous week:


*Jan. 23, 10:45 p.m., Canoe Pass Way Salish Sea Drive: Police observed a vehicle stopped in the middle of the lane. Police initiated a traffic stop and the driver was unable to produce his driver’s license, but instead produced his passport and vehicle registration for identification. The driver stated he had just got off the ferry and was lost, so he stopped in the roadway to figure out how to get to the highway. Police issued the driver a violation ticket for failing to produce a driver’s license. The driver was not happy with this and thought there should be consideration given to the fact that he lost his license. Police explained the duty of a driver to produce a driver’s license when requested by police after a traffic stop.

*Jan. 24, 2 a.m., Highway 17: Police observed a vehicle driving 10 to 15 km/h below the speed limit. Police initiated a traffic stop for suspected impairment and detected an odour of liquor. An Approved Screening Device demand was read and the driver provided two samples with a "WARN" result.  The driver was given a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition.


*Jan. 23, 8:41 a.m., 8500 block Highway 99: Using radar police observed a vehicle pass at a high rate of 151 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. At the same time, police observed another vehicle pass at a speed of 152 km/h. Both vehicles continued speeding at a high rate for approximately 500m until police initiated a traffic stop. Both drivers were charged with excessive speed and served violation tickets.

*Jan. 25, 1:55 a.m., River Road Mcneelys: Police were conducting proactive patrols in the area when a vehicle was found to have expired insurance since Dec. 28, 2020. A traffic stop was initiated and an examination of the plate showed that the decal had been coloured pink to give the illusion that it was in fact valid. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance, no driver’s licence, and having an altered plate. The vehicle was towed and the plates were seized and returned to ICBC.

*Jan. 27, 8:33 p.m., 4600 block Clarence Taylor Crescent: Police observed a vehicle unable to maintain their own lane. Police conducted a traffic stop where the driver advised that he had consumed alcohol prior to driving “earlier” in the evening. Police read the Approved Screening Device demand and the male gave two “WARN” results. Police issued the driver a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his roommate came to pick up his vehicle.

*Jan. 31, 10:50 a.m., 5457 Ladner Trunk Road: Police observed a vehicle roll through an unobstructed stop sign while making a right hand turn. Police initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle pulled into a gas station. Police determined that the driver was driving his vehicle without a qualified supervisor, as per required by his learner's British Columbia Driver's license. Police issued the driver a violation ticket for “Drive Contrary to Restrictions.” The driver had a qualified supervisor attend so that he could drive away.

January 31st, 5:32 p.m., 5400 block Linden Drive: Complainant contacted police to report that the intersection was flooded with water. On attendance, police noted that a significant amount of water was gushing out of a long crack on the road surface, and part of the road surface was sunken down 3". Police observed that water was starting to flood the front yards. Police further determined that the source was likely a broken water main directly under the street. Police shut down the entire street, as they believed that a sink hole might form under the road surface. Police contacted Delta Engineering, who were able to successfully shut the water off.