One of the platoons was short today so I worked an overtime shift to help out. The shift began with a report of a missing and possibly suicidal person. I attended the home, spoke to a close friend and began the investigation. Based in the initial information we broadcast the person’s description and vehicle across the lower mainland. Fortunately it turned out to be a misunderstanding and the person was located at work but on a different job site. As I was clearing that report up we had a report of a residential break and enter where the home owner was home and confronted the suspect before the suspect fled. Unfortunately we weren’t able to locate a vehicle that matched the description but luckily nothing was taken and no one was hurt.
The day started out fairly routine with a theft of cell phone and a civil dispute. Mid-afternoon an impaired driver narrowly missed a significant tragedy as his vehicle was launched off road and landed mere feet from a toddler. The driver sustained some injuries as he’d elected not to wear his seat belt as well. A platoon mate was first on scene and arrested the driver. I attended to assist with witness statements. The driver was injured enough that he ended up being taken to hospital and wasn’t able to provide a breath sample. I’ve had some experience with blood demands at the hospital as an alternate means to collect a sample so I offered to stay and help guide my platoon mate through the process. It seems that no matter how socially unacceptable drinking and driving has become, it’s still a major problem on the roads! Continue reading A narrow miss