Nelson police dealt with a man who uttered threats and a couple of drunk drivers last week.

Nelson police dealt with a man who uttered threats and a couple of drunk drivers last week.

Nelson man accused of threats doing better

A man who allegedly threatened a police officer and a mental health worker last week is said to be doing better after food and rest.

A man who allegedly threatened a police officer and a mental health worker last week is said to be doing better after eating and sleeping properly.

Police say the man, well known to them, was seen behaving strangely last week by many local merchants and mental health workers.

“It was widely recognized amongst professionals that were familiar with the male, that recently his health had deteriorated and he was coming into conflict with a variety of citizens,” acting Sgt. Brian Weber said.

Police were told the man wasn’t taking his prescribed medication or sleeping or eating. When an officer found him, he allegedly “uttered a serious threat,” and soon after also allegedly threatened his mental health worker.

He was then taken into custody under the Mental Health Act and taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital, where he was assessed and then returned to police custody.

He was released on conditions that police believe will help him function better. The arresting officer spoke with him over the next few days and found him in better shape after a few nights rest and consistent nutrition. Mental health workers also continue to offer their services.

However, charges of uttering threats may still be laid.

Drunk drivers caught

Two people received 90-day driving bans after police pulled them over impaired driving.

Each provided breath samples over the legal limit. In addition to not being able to drive for three months, their vehicles were impounded for 30 days, they will each have to pay $500 fines as well as towing and storage fees, and after completing their driving prohibitions, they’ll have to attend a responsible driver program and pay for the installation and rental of an ignition interlock device, plus a license reinstatement fee of $250.

Total fees for each driver: about $4,600.

“A $15 taxi ride seems minor in comparison,” Weber said.