A Whistler man may be facing an assault charge after an off ice altercation with another hockey player last week.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said officers were called to Meadow Park Sports Centre last Wednesday (Oct. 3) shortly after midnight.
He said the complainant advised police a player from an opposing team he had been playing hockey against struck him with a hockey stick in the chest and then used the stick to strike his vehicle. LeClair said the suspect is also alleged to have swung the stick at a female friend of the victim, but missed.
LeClair said the victim did not have any injuries as a result of the altercation but the 37-year-old Whistler suspect could face an assault charge.
“In a situation like this we usually leave it to the Crown determine charges,” he said, adding the male may face an assault charge.
Unlawfully in dwelling
A P.E.I. male who is currently living in Squamish is facing potential charges after breaking into a home to pass out.
LeClair said officers were called to the 8200 block of Valley Drive last Wednesday just past 3 a.m. for a report of a break and enter.
A security company made the call, he said, and found the front door of the residence kicked in and a wallet on the floor inside.
LeClair said officers attended and found the 21-year-old sleeping in the first bedroom in the house and they believed he was intoxicated at the time.
“Police arrested him for being unlawfully in a dwelling house,” he said, adding he also struggled with officers when they tried to place him under arrest.
Friends and family raising funds for man assaulted in Village
A Lower Mainland man is in a Vancouver Hospital recovering from significant head injury after being assaulted in the Village last Thursday (Oct. 4).
LeClair said officers were called just past 2 a.m. for a complaint of a male being punched in front of a nightclub.
A bystander reported the assault, and the victim fell to the ground unconscious.
“He has a fairly significant head injury and was taken to hospital in Vancouver,” he said.
A suspect description and first name was provided to policy, who found and arrested a 36-year-old Mount Currie male soon after. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14 on an assault causing bodily harm charge.
Meanwhile friends and family of Sam Chapman, who has been identified as the victim, have begun a fundraising campaign for him.
Due to the seriousness of his injuries and the fact that he and his wife are self-employed, the Go Fund Me site to help the family was started and aims to raise $10,000.
“To make things worse, both Sam and his partner Shannon are self-employed with no disability or lost wage insurance. This will place an enormous financial burden on them as they pay for Sam's treatment and raise their 18-month old son, Max,” wrote Kyle Darbyson on the website.
Several drivers were stopped by Whistler RCMP over the long weekend with one facing a 90 day suspension, one a possession charge and another potential drinking and driving charges.
LeClair said on Saturday (Oct. 6) after 3 a.m. officers noticed a vehicle parked in the southbound lane of Highway 99.
He said officers turned around and after speaking with the driver formed the opinion he had consumed alcohol before driving.
The 29-year-old White Rock male failed a roadside breath demand and in addition to the driving suspension had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.
Meanwhile a vehicle with no headlights on and a tinted driver’s side window was pulled over later that same day.
LeClair said the vehicle was observed on Blackcomb Way and pulled into the policy only parking lot, stopping in the handicapped parking stall.
He said the officers formed a suspicioun the driver had been driving but when given a roadside screening his sample was not over the legal limit.
However, LeClair said officers searched the vehicle, finding open bottles of liquor and a small glass vial on the floor containing what is believed to be cocaine. The 23-year-old Delta male was arrested for possession.
On Monday (Oct. 8) LeClair said police were notified of a vehicle in the ditch along Lorimer Road west of Highway 99 around noon.
They attended and found a 43-year-old Surrey male passed out in the driver’s seat and the vehicle running. However, LeClair said the driver could not stand or sit on his own and was taken to the health care centre where a sample of blood was taken to analyze for alcohol and drugs.