Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to 41 calls for service between April 18 and May 17. 79 written violations and warning tickets were issued to drivers between the above dates with 49 of those violations being speeding in the school zone along Beattie Drive. Highway and road safety continues to be a big focus for the Hudson’s Hope RCMP with the school zone along Beattie Drive and the various construction zones along Hwy 29 being the chief focus for traffic enforcement at this time.
Please make note of the numerous construction sites along Hwy 29 toward Fort St. John. Due to the increase of work sites along the highway, there is a large fluctuation between the speed zones for each site. Police will be monitoring these zones as they are a posted construction site and fines will range from $196 to $253 for speeding violations within a marked construction zone.
On April 19, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a driver for travelling 41km/hr over the posted speed limit through the school zone along Beattie Drive. The driver subsequently received a $368 fine, along with the complimentary package that comes along with said offence.
On April 25, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP conducted a routine traffic check-stop along Hwy 29. Police checked drivers for sobriety, valid driver’s licenses, and vehicle registration, along with overall safety. During the check, approximately fifty plus vehicles were stopped and police found several drivers that were later fined for driving while intoxicated and or having open alcohol in the vehicle. Two prohibited drivers were also found and charged accordingly.
On April 28, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft of rig mats from an oil/gas site North of Beryl Prairie Rd. It was reported that two 40 to 50’ long rig mats had been stolen from a lay down site, unknown time or date. This file remains open for investigation.
On April 29, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding through the school zone along Beattie Dr. This vehicle was clocked at a speed of 146km/hr by the time police were able to catch up and stop said vehicle. Again, the driver received the complete complimentary package that comes with Excessive Speeding.
On May 9, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP assisted the Hudson’s Hope Fire Department with a large grass fire that had been ignited along Canyon Dr. across from Signal Hill. Fire fighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire with no property damage. It is believed that this fire was deliberately set and an on-going police investigation remains open.
On May 10, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft from vehicle located along Paquette Ave. Upon entering the vehicle first thing in the morning, the owner observed that it had been rifled through and several items stolen. It is believed that the truck was left unlocked over night.
On May 13, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a money fraud that had occurred within town. The complainant stated that they received a call from Reader’s Digest who advised the call-taker that they had won a Sweepstakes Prize and that they required a small amount of money be sent to process the prize. After the money was received, the complainant was called again, this time requesting a larger amount of money, for the “processing of the prize through Canada Customs”. At this time, it was determined and later confirmed that this was a scam/fraud and the incident was reported to police.
On May 15, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a theft of vehicle that occurred near the Moraine, off of Canyon Dr. The complainant initially reported that their vehicle had been stolen and that they later located it down on the beach but that it was fully engulfed in flames and they had no idea what happened. Through the investigation, police confirmed that the vehicle had not been stolen but that permission was granted to persons who had been partying all night, to “rally and drift” the car down on the beach. Unfortunately, the driver, who has watched too many Fast & Furious movies, was not as skilled as he had hoped and the car found a large sand crevasse, resulting in the car crashing and bursting into flames. No injuries incurred to any involved and vehicle was later removed due to environmental aspects.
On May 17, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP received a report of a mischief to a local business. The businesses manager reported that when they arrived at work, they observed several anti-covid stickers stuck to the front door. These along with other posters and stickers have been found throughout town over the past week, posted at other local businesses and even at a local playground where children play. These posters/stickers are associated to an online anti-covid group. Though these are mere stickers and posters, with them being posted and stuck to businesses and private properties, a criminal code charge of mischief can be sought for any individuals caught committing the offence.
Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the areas “Most Wanted” page.