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Police Patrol: Powell River RCMP report

Powell River RCMP reported the following for February 25 to March 3, 2021.

Total calls for service: 98
Thefts: 2
Assaults: 3
Impaired driving: 3
Mischief: 2
Break and enter: 0

February 26; Kamloops Street, 6900 block
At approximately 8:17 pm, RCMP received a report of a public gathering at a residence. Police attended and observed a gathering in violation of the public health order with a group of people not residing at the location inside the residence, in close proximity and not wearing masks. Police spoke to the homeowner and advised of the violation and fine of $2,300 for non-compliance. The homeowner was given one hour to comply. One hour later, police confirmed that all visitors had departed. 

February 26; Alberni Street, 7100 block
At approximately 1:15 pm, RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver in the Town Centre mall parking lot. Police observed the vehicle exit the parking lot and fail to stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was stopped by police and the 33-year-old male driver was spoken to. He was slow to react and had to be told to put the vehicle in park multiple times. Police also observed other signs of impairment. The driver was arrested under the Criminal Code and issued a 24-hour driving prohibition. A drug recognition expert evaluation was completed.

March 2; Highway 101, north
At approximately 2:44 pm, RCMP received a report of a male yelling, lying on the highway and hitting vehicles on Highway 101 near Krompocker Road. Police attended and located a 37-year-old male lying face down on the side of the road. EHS attended and confirmed the man was stable. Police detected a strong odour of liquor from the male, rambling speech and wobbly balance. Based on signs of intoxication, being unable to care for himself and acts of disturbing the peace, the man was arrested for being intoxicated in public. He was later released without charge when sober.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Powell River RCMP at 604.485.6255, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or online at

Powell River RCMP is reminding all residents of an increase in fraud related to COVID-19 and roll-out of vaccines. There have been reports of fraudsters calling elderly individuals, stating they are from the health authority and asking for credit card information, social insurance numbers and banking information. Health authorities will not ask for this information at any time; if someone is asking for this information, hang up the phone and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at