Police face tough start to week

Members of the Nelson Police Department were bitten, hit with shoes, and nearly head-butted in two separate incidents this week.

Members of the Nelson Police Department were bitten, hit with shoes, and nearly head-butted in two separate incidents this week.

On Sunday around 6 p.m., they were called to a home in the 300 block of Vernon Street about a distraught woman with self-inflicted knife wounds. Police say she was drunk, and held them at bay for a while.

They eventually succeeded in negotiating with her, and she was taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital — but only after biting an officer. No charges are expected.

Meanwhile, late Monday morning police were called to the hospital to deal with an unruly patient. Upon arrival they met a “violent and confrontational” man in the emergency ward, who threw a shoe and tried to head-butt them.

Police say the man, 28, was suffering from a mental disorder and was eventually subdued and treated. Charges are not being laid in this case either.

l In other police news, two separate two-vehicle crashes resulted in drivers being ticketed for failing to yield.

In the first incident, two vehicles collided early Monday afternoon at the corner of Houston and Josephine streets. One vehicle was towed due to extensive damage.

The second incident happened Wednesday afternoon at Nelson Avenue and Cottonwood Street and resulted in both vehicles being towed.

No one was injured in either crash.