New Year’s Eve was a busy one for Prince George RCMP.
They responded to 114 calls, including four involving weapons complaints.
The first such incident happened about 1:38 a.m. when police received a report of a man with a knife threatening people near the Husky on Central Street. Officers located and arrested the man who had boarded a bus. He was heavily intoxicated and bleeding from his hand as a result of cutting himself with the knife. No one else was hurt.
Another weapons complaint was called in just before 4 a.m. when police were called to a house party in the 2300 block of Pine Street. The heavily intoxicated man was arrested and is facing charges.
Just before midnight police responded to a report of man missing after wandering off into the woods on Blackwater Road. The man eventually fired three shots from a rifle, which allowed police to establish generally where he was. They then snowshoed into the woods and found the man, who was showing signs of frostbite and hypothermia. He was transported to UHNBC.
Several calls of domestic arguments, some involving violence, were attended to throughout the night.
Police responded to seven complaints of suicidal people as well as other calls of people in crisis or dealing with mental health issues.
Animals were also having a tough night. An officer was patrolling near Foothills Boulevard and 15th Avenue and saw a dog running loose, being pursued by a concerned citizen. He pulled over and tried to assist catching the dog. As he left the door to his cruiser open, the dog jumped in and was resistant to getting out. The officer was unable to coax the dog out of the car. He made the trip back to the detachment with the ‘potentially hostile’ dog in the car. At the detachment, the 13-year-old, friendly sheepdog was removed and subsequently re-united with his owner.
Police also responded to a report of a dog hit by a car at Highway 16 and Tyner Boulevard. It was badly injured and police took it to the Prince George Veterinary Hospital.
At about 5:30 a.m. police responded to a report of a fight at the 7-Eleven involving four individuals and bear spray. All four were apprehended and bear spray and metal clubs were seized. No one was seriously injured.
Police issued five 24-hour driving suspensions and there were two immediate roadside suspensions were issued. In excess of 100 tickets were handed out for everything from driving with no insurance to having open liquor in the vehicle to distracted driving. There were no impaired driving charges, despite police stopping more than 400 vehicles.