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Nelson Police blotter: alcohol causes trouble

Incidents involving drugs and alcohol kept local police busy this week. - File photo
Incidents involving drugs and alcohol kept local police busy this week.
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Nelson Police Department is encouraging people to use alcohol in moderation after instances involving severely intoxicated individuals.

 

Early in the morning on Dec. 2, Police responded to a Chatham Street home where an extremely intoxicated male was trying to break into a home, insisting he just wanted to go to sleep. The resident ejected the suspect onto the lawn where they wrestled before the drunk man ran off leaving his shoes, a purse and backpack behind.

Officers located the man who was exceptionally intoxicated and he was kept in custody until he was sober enough to care for himself.

 

On Dec. 2 at 21:39, NPD attended a very dark portion of Granite Road where a semi-nude male was banging on doors at the area trailer park. They’d been called in to assist the Nelson RCMP.

As the officers attempted to locate the suspect they heard smashing glass and shouting. They quickly located the shirtless man stumbling away with a nasty gash on his arm from breaking out a window. The occupant of the home threw a chair through the broken window to try and defend himself and his partner and their toddler from the marauding male.

The grossly intoxicated male was taken into custody without a struggle but shortly after a Salmo  RCMP officer secured the suspect in the RCMP vehicle, the suspect began kicking the door causing damage. He was subdued with pepper spray. The shirtless male received medical attention for his cut arm at the Kootenay Lake Hospital. The resident also received medical attention at the hospital.

The drunken suspect was kept in custody until he was deemed safe to be in public. RCMP is still investigating.

 

On Dec. 1, Nelson Police Department responded to a call from three young adults claiming to have money stolen from them. The trio claimed to have given the money to a male to buy them alcohol. The male departed and didn’t return.

The officers were skeptical of this complaint as all three were of age but they insisted they’d forgotten their identification at home. They’d asked the man for help because he “looked trustworthy.”

Using their contacts within the community, police were able to locate the man in question who was quite indignant that the three adults had told police he was to buy them liquor. Instead, he was contracted to purchase marijuana on their behalf. Because he was broke, the man was eager to make some money on the deal, said Police in a press release.

The man already owed his supplier and the money was seized, never to be retrieved.

Police warned the young adults not to give false information in an investigation.

 

On the evening of Dec. 3, the NPD received a report of a male perched on the edge of a three story building yelling into the night. The caller was concerned for the safety of the male.

Police found the male wearing headphones and consuming a bottle of his favourite brewed beverage. Police spoke to the man asking him to come down from the rooftop. He eagerly complied.

After a brief conversation, the male explained he was contemplating some “heavy” experiences in his life while enjoying the view. He was neither suicidal nor intoxicated.

 

Early in the morning hours of Dec. 4, staff at the provincial youth crisis line asked for help from the Nelson Police. A youth and adult youth were calling for help from the Nelson 7-Eleven store, asking for emergency shelter.

After interviewing the two young men, the officer suspected them of being dishonest about their identities. With the help of an RCMP officer also in attendance, the police determined the names of the men and determined they were wanted for questioning as possible suspects in a weekend crime spree in Proctor.

After further investigation, both males were arrested and taken into custody. One was later released to a guardian and the other was released to the Ministry of Children. Nelson RCMP is still investigating the matter.

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