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South Delta Crime Beat: Tailgating incident draws police attention

The following are some of the calls Delta police responded to in the previous week
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Files of interest for South Delta in this week's crime beat.

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:


*May 17, 9 a.m., 1300 block Beach Grove Road: Complainant reported a female driver who was aggressively tailgating them in their vehicle. Police spoke to the complainant who stated that she had pulled in front of the other driver thinking that she had enough room. The other driver began following closely, however, immediately attempted to take another route to avoid them. As there are limited exits throughout the area, the other driver ended up driving behind the complainant again. The complainant therefore believed that she was being followed. The other driver was apologetic and while initially annoyed that she was cut off by the complainant, she advised police that she didn’t realize she was following so closely and that she would be more aware going forward. Police updated the complainant, who was thankful for police calming her down following what felt like a “frightening incident.”

*May 20, 3:06 p.m., 200 block 67a Street: Complainant reported two males riding dirt bikes in the in the area. Police located the males and advised them that they are not allowed to ride their dirt bikes on public roadways unless they are insured. The males advised they would walk their bikes to the dirt bike path nearby from then on.

*May 20, 8:38 p.m., 40 Tsawwassen Beach Road: Complainant reported that a group of teenagers had jumped over a locked fence in order to use a beach access walkway next to the road. Police attended and spoke with the complainant who advised that this is an ongoing issue as the walkway is owned by the strata company, and only members under the strata have access to it. Police located a group of approximately 25 teenagers on the beach at the bottom of the pathway, who denied using the pathway. Police warned the group not to trespass as the walkway was private property. The group of teens were receptive to police direction and vacated the area without incident.


*May 17, 3:59 p.m., 5900 block 48a Avenue: Complainant reported two young males riding a dirt bike on the road. Upon arrival to area, police did not observe any dirt bikes being ridden, yet noticed that a garage door was open with a dirt bike sitting in the garage on a stand. Both males were cooperative and admitted to riding the bike on the road out front of his house only for a second as it was newly bought. Police warned both males of the fines that could be issued for not having a valid driver’s license and not having proper insurance or registration.

*May 18, 4:03 a.m., 6000 block Brodie Road: Police were conducting proactive patrols and observed a vehicle travelling approximately 30 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, repeatedly tapping the brakes. Police conducted a traffic stop and detected a faint odour of liquor despite the driver wearing a mask on his face, and noticed that his hands were quite shaky. When the driver produced his insurance documents, he attempted to read them upside down for approximately five seconds. Police read the driver an Approved Screening Device demand, in which the driver produced two samples both resulting in a “fail.” The driver was given an immediate roadside prohibition and vehicle impoundment.

*May 21, 9:56 a.m., 3500 block Highway 17A: While conducting proactive patrols, police observed a vehicle with a licence plate that had a yellow decal, which police knew expired in 2020. Police queried the vehicle and it came back as having inactive insurance which expired on Oct. 7, 2020. Police conducted a traffic stop and the driver stated that this was the second time that he has been stopped for driving without insurance. Police warned the driver that driving without insurance was an arrestable offence. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and the vehicle was towed.