Alcohol becomes more of an issue for Nelson City Police once the hot weather settles in.

Alcohol incidents keep Nelson police busy

When scorching summer temperatures combine with alcohol it most often makes for busy times for the Nelson City Police.

When scorching summer temperatures combine with alcohol it most often makes for busy times for the Nelson City Police. That has certainly been the case in the last week as the local department has handled more than 75 calls for service.


A long list of charges for impaired car thief

At 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the Fairview area.

Officers immediately arrived on scene and located the stolen auto with two male occupants attempting to flee the area. The vehicle was stopped roadside and both occupants were arrested.

The male driver, a 36-year-old resident of Nakusp displayed symptoms of impairment by alcohol. The male passenger, a 34-year-old Nelson resident, was well known to NPD officers.

The driver was returned to the downtown headquarters where he refused to provide a breath sample as directed. The driver is currently facing a raft of charges including Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Impaired Driving, Refusal to Provide a Breath Sample, Driving while Disqualified and Driving While Prohibited. He is scheduled to appear in Nelson Court in September.

The passenger faces a charge of Possession of Stolen Property.


A whopping three times the legal limit

On Thursday at 8:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at Government Road and Highway 3A where a vehicle was rear ended by another vehicle.

The driver of the offending vehicle, a 48-year-old Nelson resident, displayed symptoms of impairment by alcohol and was subsequently detained and transported to headquarters where he provided breath samples over three times the legal limit of blood alcohol concentration (80 mgs).

The driver currently faces charges of Impaired Driving and Drive with over .08 and is scheduled to appear in Nelson Court in September. The driver also received a 90 day Administrative Driving Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded.


Not going quietly compounds problems

On Thursday evening at 11:06 p.m., officers responded to a report of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance by yelling profanities and obscenities in the downtown area.

Police arrived on scene and located the female in an intoxicated state. The female refused to cooperate with members at the scene and attempted to evade their presence.

The female, a 45-year-old Nelson resident, then provided two false names when requested to reveal her identity. Subsequently, she was arrested for Obstructing a Police Officer and transported to NPD cells. She was later released and faces charges of Obstruct Police Officer and Causing a Disturbance in a Public Place.

The female was also issued a Violation ticket for being Intoxicated in Public ($115 fine). She is scheduled to appear in Nelson Court in September.


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