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Alcohol proves to be common factor in NPD calls

There were a few windows smashed in the downtown core this past week in Nelson. — Submitted photo

A spike in impaired drivers has Nelson Police reminding the public of the dangers of drinking and driving.

This comes after the department noticed an increase in impaired driving by both alcohol and drug in recent days causing some individuals to have their vehicles seized and driver’s licenses suspended. 

“The Nelson Police Department would like to remind those individuals partaking in activities involving alcohol to ensure they have a safe method of transportation home,” said NPD Sergeant Cory Hoy in media release Saturday.

In other NPD Files:

Man arrested after observed lying in intersection

In the early hours of Saturday (March 18) officers on patrol observed an intoxicated man lying in the middle of a downtown intersection at 2:43 a.m.

Hoy said during the arrest the man attempted to flee the area but was quickly caught by officers.

“After the male was arrested, a subsequent search of the male revealed a substantial quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia,” Hoy said.

“The male was later released when sober and charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking are being sought.”

Aggressive panhandler charged with criminal harassment

Nelson Police Department received a call for service Thursday (March 16) at 10:56 a.m. in the 600 block of Front Street after a report was received that a male panhandler that was being aggressive.

The panhandler then followed the complainant into a local business after being denied monies. 

“The male became verbally assaultive towards the complainant after being denied monies and followed them into a local business while continuing to verbally harass them,” Hoy explained.

“The male left and then came back continuing to verbally assault the complainant until police arrived.”

Hoy said police had received numerous complaints previously that day regarding the male being aggressive and demanding monies. 

“The male was located and arrested at scene,” Hoy said. “The male was subsequently charged with criminal harassment and was remanded for a bail hearing to be heard early next week.”

Local business has window smashed

Nelson Police received a call Tuesday (March 14) at approximately 7:01 pm. Hours to attend an incident in the 300 block of Victoria Street.

When police arrived, they were informed an intoxicated male had assaulted another male.

The same individual was yelling and had smashed glass in front of a local business. 

When police arrived, the man had left the area. 

Later that night (10:14 p.m.) NPD dispatch received a complaint that an intoxicated male yelling around Ward and Baker Street.

When police arrival, the man was located and was identified as the same male as earlier. 

“During the arrest, the male assaulted and uttered threats against the arresting officer,” Hoy said.

“The male was subsequently charged with assault, mischief, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, uttering threats, causing a disturbance, and public intoxication.”

Hoy said the man has been remanded into custody for trial in April 2017.