Trail RCMP Responds to Truck Incident at Baseball Diamond, more


Trail RCMP's latest weekly report includes a driving incident at a baseball field, thefts, unlicensed firearms and much more.

Trail RCMP responded at 9:21PM last Tuesday, September 12th, after a 42-year old Trail man drove his truck through the gates of a baseball diamond on Laburnum Drive.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich explains:

“Several witnesses saw this and saw the truck travel across the field, plow through another chain-link fence on the field and then crash down a 50-foot embankment before coming to a rest. At that time the man exited his truck, ran to a nearby residence and threw a propane tank through their back window.”

The suspect then ran into traffic repeatedly, almost being struck.

Sergeant Wicentowich says it doesn't end there:

“When the officer arrived he attempted to deescalate the situation, however he was punched in the chest by the man and was subsequently arrested. There was a brief struggle and bystanders assisted the officer as well as a second officer arrived on scene to help.”

The Sergeant says they can't be sure whether substance use was a factor:

“At this time we’re not sure if he was. He appeared to be, however these symptoms can also be masked by mental health conditions.”

The suspect was assessed in hospital for his mental health and police plan to pursue criminal charges.

A planter box stolen from the Riverside Road community garden in Trail remains missing.

Sergeant Wicentowich says they were contacted Saturday morning, September 16th:

“What’s disappointing is this is a community box used to grow fruit and vegetables for the community surrounding it…. Given that we live in these high inflationary times, some people depend on this garden to supplement their food.”

“Theft of minor items such as flower pots, planter boxes and hanging plants is an issue in Trail and I think most communities. These are small items that often get taken but not reported. It’s a very frustrating experience because although the value might be low, those things usually mean a lot to people.”

The theft is believed to have occurred sometime overnight.

The purple planter box is sized three-feet by two-feet by two-feet and valued at $500.

Any relative information should go to RCMP.

Another theft occurred later that same Saturday at a Cedar Avenue business and a 36-year old Trail man was later arrested for stealing $1600 worth of perfume.

Police responded at 3:05PM and reviewed surveillance video footage depicting the man stealing several bottles of perfume on three separate occasions.

The suspect was located in an alley downtown Trail and released at the scene pending a December 7th court appearance in Rossland.

A 65-year old Trail man was pulled over for speeding on Saturday at 6:07AM and ended up having two firearms seized.

Wicentowich says the driver was going hunting, but his firearms licence had expired:

“Whether or not we proceed with criminal charges we have to conduct the investigation and determine whether or not it’s appropriate to move ahead. We just don’t want anyone to get in trouble. Firearms in Canada are very restricted and following very strict laws. There are a number of penalties that can be faced, both fines and criminal wise if the proper paperwork doesn’t accompany your firearms.”

The investigation continues.