Chilliwack, BC – Weapons, Stolen Property and Checking Boats. It was a busy week for Chilliwack RCMP:
Chilliwack Man Nabbed by Patrolling Mounties
A Chilliwack man remains in custody after being arrested by police late last week for alleged weapons, driving, and drug offences.
Joshua Alex Herrling, 29, faces charges for Flight from Police, two counts of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, two counts of Breach of Recognizance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Driving While Prohibited. Herrling remains in custody pending a court appearance at the end of August.
The charges stem from an incident on Thursday August 13, 2015 when around 4:45 p.m. the driver of a red minivan allegedly sped away from an officer of the Integrated Police Dog Section in the downtown area. Within minutes alert General Duty officers spotted the vehicle being driven on Victoria Street before the male driver abandoned the van on Corbould Street and ran away. A brief foot chase ended with the man being taken quickly into police custody.
Following the suspect’s arrest RCMP officers seized brass knuckles- outfitted with a device capable of producing a high voltage electrical shock- and drugs police believe to be crystal meth, crack cocaine and heroin.
“Police work is inherently dangerous and traffic stops are one of the highest risk duty’s we perform. Fortunately this incident ended with no one being hurt”, said Cpl. Mike Rail.
As always police remind anyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Two People Arrested after Mounties Contacted by Vigilant Neighbours
RCMP credit diligent residents in Sardis for the recovery of stolen property and arrest of two people wanted by police last week.
On Thursday August 13, 2015 at approximately 7:00 a.m. an alert home owner reported two individuals jumping a backyard fence and entering a vacant house in the 45700 block of Keith Wilson Road. General Duty officers supported by the RCMP Emergency Response Team and Integrated Police Dog Services immediately arrived at the address and took a male and female inside the dwelling into custody.
Travis Michael Thompson, 35, from Chilliwack faces charges of Obstructing a Peace Officer and Fail to comply with a Recognizance stemming from the August 13th arrest. Thompson remains in custody pending a court appearance later in August on this and one other unrelated incident.
A 30 year old Chilliwack woman was released from custody pending a court appearance later in August for an unrelated incident.
“Police had received a report the day before from a concerned neighbour that people were in the house”, said Cpl. Mike Rail.
On Wednesday August 12, 2015 police were called to the same location for a report of four persons inside the house. General Duty officers arrived with a property representative to find the dwelling unoccupied. Property at the house was quickly linked by police to reported thefts in the Sardis.
Motorists appreciate RCMP checks of motorists pulling boats
Chilliwack: RCMP wrapped up July’s provincial Counter Attack campaign with a message to motorists and boaters.
“Our goal is to make our highways and waterways safer by educating the public to the danger and criminal consequences of impaired operation of a motor vehicle or vessel”, said Cst. Matt Wright of Chilliwack Seasonal Policing Section.
On Thursday July 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until noon officers from Chilliwack Traffic Section teamed with Seasonal Policing Section checked motorists pulling boats at the Cultus Lake traffic circle.
Police stopped 15 vehicles over the two hour period distributing Transport Canada brochures with tips on Boating Safety and Pre-Departure Checklist while addressing both topics with drivers and boaters.
The road side boating checks by police were well received from the community, “Great idea-keeps everyone safe”, said one Chilliwack man.
“The traffic stops also gave us an opportunity to inspect trailers, hitches and boats. For the most part all of the vehicles we saw were well maintained”, said Cst. Mike Sabulsky of Chilliwack Traffic Services.
“If you are drinking in your boat on the water how are you getting home from the lake?” asks Michael Weightman Road Safety Coordinator of ICBC.
RCMP and our partners at ICBC remind the motoring public that police will be patrolling our highways and waterways this summer. Should you decide to drink plan ahead for a safe ride home.
For tips on boating safety visit the Transport Canada website at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca