South Delta Crime Beat: Traffic stops yields several impaired drivers

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 the Delta police responded to in the previous week:

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Tsawwassen

*Feb. 10, 10:03 p.m., 4900 bock Canoe Pass Way: Police observed a man panhandling and setting up camp in front of a local store. Police spoke with the man who stated he intended to sleep in the area prior to catching a ferry the next morning. Police assisted the man with finding a bed through Delta’s emergency shelter service, and transported him to safer accommodations.

*Feb. 12, 4:50 p.m., 5000 block Canoe Pass Way: Police were called to a report of a theft from a local business. Police were able to identify the suspect from the stores CCTV footage. Police located the suspect at a nearby bus stop and arrested them for theft.

*Feb. 15, 6:50 p.m., Highway 17A/Highway 17: Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle to check for impairment. Police had been following the vehicle, and observed it unable to stay in a lane and maintain its speed, as it was travelling well under the limit. After speaking with the driver, police conducted a breath test. The driver was given a three-day immediate roadside suspension.

*Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., 260 block English Bluff Road: Police were called to assist Delta Fire Department to help remove a girl stuck in the mud at the beach. The girl was stuck in mud up to her stomach. Police and fire were able to free the girl from the mud and return her to her family with no injuries.

*Feb. 16, 2:02 a.m., Meridith Pace:Complainant noted that his CCTV camera recorded a suspicious person trying door handles on vehicles in driveways in the area. Nothing believed to be stolen. Video provided to police, and investigation is ongoing.

*Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m., 1200 block 53A Street: Police observed a vehicle fail to signal their turn. Police conducted a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the driver, police noticed a strong odor of liquor on the drivers breathe. A breath test was performed. The driver was given a seven-day immediate roadside prohibition.

Ladner

*Feb. 10, 2:29 a.m., 8800 block Hwy 99: Police conducted a traffic stop at the above noted area. The driver of the vehicle was determined to have an expired driver’s license. Police detected the odour of liquor upon speaking with the driver. A breath sample was provided, which resulted in a fail, leading to a 90-day driving prohibition. The vehicle was towed and the driver opted to take a taxi home.

*Feb. 11, 9:02 a.m., 5100 block 51st St: Police were performing foot patrols of a nearby park when it was observed that a storage container was vandalised with graffiti. City of Delta engineering department was notified and attended to paint over the graffiti.

*Feb. 15, 2:15 p.m., 6400 block Ladner Trunk Road: While on proactive patrols, police conducted a traffic stop to check for sobriety. Police detected a strong odor of alcohol on the breath of the driver. After performing an approved screening device test, the driver was given a 90-day immediate roadside suspension, and 30-day vehicle impoundment.

*Feb. 16, 8:03 p.m., Elliot St. & Westminster: Police observed a vehicle fail to signal a right hand turn, and do a rolling stop at a stop sign. Police stopped the driver and read them the approved screening device demand. The sample yielded a fail, so the police seized the driver’s license for 90 days, and towed the vehicle. It was impounded for 30 days. The driver was picked up by a family member.

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