Errant van ends up in water

  • Jan. 27, 2010 7:00 p.m.

A van rolled out of the SuperValu parking lot in Sandspit, crossed the street and plunged into the ocean after the driver left it running while they ran into the store, says RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton. Sgt. Knapton said the incident happened at around noon on Jan. 11. Police and the Coast Guard responded, but were unable to get the van out of the ocean until the tide was lower. There was a dog inside the van and it looks like the dog did not survive, Sgt. Knapton said. It’s against the law to leave a vehicle unsecured and running, he said. Queen Charlotte RCMP responded to 33 other calls for service between Jan. 11 and 25, he said. These included:. A complaint of bullying at a local school received on Jan. 12. Sgt. Knapton said the incident had been dealt with.. A complaint of illegal hunting in Tlell received the morning of Jan. 13. Police responded but did not find the hunters.. A complaint of an erratic and speeding driver on Oceanview Drive the morning of Jan. 17. Police located the driver and warned him to drive more carefully.. A complaint of an intoxicated female who wouldn’t leave a liquor establishment in Sandspit on Jan. 24 and began causing a disturbance after being refused service. Police responded, but someone had driven her home by the time police arrived, Sgt. Knapton said.. Police stopped a vehicle at a road check in Sandspit the evening of Jan. 23, issued a 24-hour suspension, and also arrested and released the driver for breaching conditions which required him not to drink alcohol.. Two adults received tickets for drinking in public after police received a complaint that people were drinking alcohol outside the teen centre in Queen Charlotte at noon on Jan. 14.. Police issued a 24-hour suspension to a man for driving on Oceanview Drive while impaired by drugs the evening of Jan. 16.. Police are recommending charges after they stopped a vehicle that had gone through a stop sign Jan. 22 and discovered that the driver was prohibited from driving.. Police were called to rescue a group of six teens camping on an island near Skidegate the evening of Jan. 16 when the weather turned ugly. Sgt. Knapton said police contacted the Coast Guard, which retrieved the teens from the island. All are fine.. Police found a quantity of marijuana and other narcotics after stopping a vehicle the evening of Jan. 22 at a routine road check near the boat launch. Sgt. Knapton said the other narcotics are now being analyzed. Depending on the results, charges may be recommended.