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RCMP stop erratic driver, theft from vehicle

POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Powell River police are investigating after a man was caught driving wildly down Joyce Avenue.

According to RCMP Constable Chris Bakker, officers were called out on Oct. 25 at around 10:26 p.m.

A 52-year-old male driver was stopped. According to Bakker, he showed signs of impairment. A sobriety test was conducted, and police determined that the man was intoxicated by drugs. He was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition.

On Oct. 30, Bakker said members of the RCMP responded to a theft from a vehicle in the 8100 block of Emmonds Road at around 7:04 p.m.

The person filing the report said that a black pickup truck pulled up to his vehicle then stopped. It then sped off quickly.

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Bakker said when the vehicle was searched a short time later, it was determined that a wallet containing $200 to $300 in cash and credit cards was stolen.

On the same day, at around 1:55 a.m., the RCMP responded to reports of a suspicious male on Padgett Road.

The man was found in a field in the area. Bakker said the man was on a probation order, which included a curfew condition.

After a “short altercation”, the man was arrested. The 38-year-old male is in custody and will appear in Courtenay, B.C. provincial court.

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