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Police Patrol: Powell River RCMP report

Incidents and occurrences over the past week include a break-in at a gas station, two single-vehicles accidents, and a response to an overdose
Powell River RCMP detachment.
Powell River RCMP reported the following for September 29 to October 6, 2021.

Total calls for service: 171
Thefts: 17 
Assaults: 5
Impaired driving: 4
Mischief: 10
Break and enter: 8

September 29; Highway 101, north
At approximately 10:49 am, RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle accident near Craig Road. Police attended and found the vehicle had left the road and ended up in a ditch on the opposite side. The driver did not receive any serious injuries as a result of the collision. Investigation determined that the cause of the accident was due to wet road conditions, which caused the vehicle to hydroplane. Powell River RCMP would like to remind everyone that the rainy season has arrived and roads are likely to be wet and slippery, and to slow down and take caution, especially on sharp curves and blind corners.

October 2; Joyce Avenue, 4700 block
At approximately 12:01 am, police responded to an alarm at the Shell gas station. Upon arrival, police found that a brick had been thrown through the glass in the front door. A suspect then stole a number of tobacco products from behind the front counter. Police reviewed surveillance video at the scene and as a result, were able to identify a suspect, who was arrested for break and enter, and will be appearing in provincial court at a later date.

October 4; Highway 101, north
At approximately 5:14 pm, police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver near Malaspina Road. A witness reported that the vehicle had been driven into a ditch, out of the ditch, and then into another ditch. Police attended, located the vehicle a short distance away, spoke to the 38-year-old male driving the vehicle, and observed signs of impairment by drugs. The man was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle by drugs, then taken to the Powell River RCMP detachment to complete a drug recognition exam. As a result of the exam, the driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and may be facing criminal impaired driving charges in the future.

October 5; Joyce Avenue
At approximately 11:58 pm, police were making patrols on Joyce Avenue when they were flagged down by a community member, who reported that her friend had overdosed. Police stopped and located the male, who was unconscious and not breathing, and administered Narcan to the male, who, after a short time, started breathing on his own. The male was then checked by emergency first responders and transported to Powell River General Hospital for care.

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

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