Whistler RCMP are reminding local skateboarders that they must obey the rules of the road after a skater crashed into a Jeep in the Bayshores neighbourhood this week.
On Monday (June 11) at about 6:30 p.m. ambulance and police were called to the scene of the crash. An 18-year-old Whistler man was found lying on the sidewalk, and it was later determined he suffered a broken foot as a result of the incident, said Sgt. Eric Rochette.
A witness told police that the young man was skateboarding down Kadenwood Drive and turned onto Cheakamus Way without stopping at the stop sign. The driver of the Jeep had slowed down because he saw another skateboarder, who also didn’t stop at the intersection. When the driver continued on, a second skateboarder crashed into the front fender on the driver’s side. The vehicle was not damaged, Rochette said.
“On a skateboard or on a bicycle, you have to obey the traffic laws — stop signs, red lights — just like a vehicle,” he said.
Bill’s statue stolen
The large, wooden statue that stands outside Buffalo Bill’s nightclub was stolen early Tuesday morning (June 12), but has since been recovered.
The statue of a cowboy stands about six feet tall and is quite heavy, Rochette said, adding that it would likely take two or three people to carry. It’s believed it was stolen between about 1 and 2 a.m.
No suspects or witnesses have been identified so far, and police are asking for the public’s assistance in the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
“I would hope that someone noticed two or three people carrying that big piece of wood,” Rochette said.
Word came Wednesday morning (June 13) that the statue was found on the golf driving range west of Whistler Way. It will be returned to the bar, said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.
Man bashed with bottle
Whistler RCMP are also seeking information about an incident that involved a suspect hitting a man over the head with a beer bottle in the Village.
On Saturday (June 9) at about 2:45 a.m. three men were walking along the Village Stroll near Village Square when an unknown man approached them. The men attempted to avoid the suspect, who appeared intoxicated, but he hit one of the men with the bottle he was carrying, Rochette said.
The men called police, but the suspect fled on foot before they arrived. Patrols of the area were unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as Caucasian, about 6’1” with light coloured hair in a buzz cut style. He was wearing jeans at the time.
Anyone with information is asked to call Whistler RCMP or Crimestoppers.
The victim did not require medical attention, Rochette added.
Drunk woman in wrong house
A 21-year-old Whistler woman was held in custody overnight after attempting to skip out on her taxi fare and entering the wrong house.
Police were called to Fitzsimmons Road just before midnight on Sunday (June 10) by a taxi driver who said that an intoxicated woman ran out of the cab without paying, Rochette said.
The woman then went inside a residence, believing it was where she lived, and was confronted by the owners. The owners told police that the woman kept insisting she lived in the house.
She eventually left the residence, went through a couple of backyards and then went back to the road where she was found by police. She was observed to be “very intoxicated,” Rochette said.
She couldn’t recall her address or the phone numbers of any friends who could care for her, so she was taken into police custody and held in a local cell until she was sober. She settled her cab fare and was issued a ticket for being intoxicated in public.