Members of the Sooke RCMP Detachment we busy over the past weekend responding to 56 calls for service. These calls included complaints of loud parties, assaults, motor vehicle accidents and impaired drivers.
On May 11, a checkstop was conducted on Sooke River Road resulting in one violation ticket being served and several verbal warnings issued. There were three persons lodged in cells over the weekend, all for criminal charges.
On Saturday, May 10 at 10:25 p.m., police responded to a complaint of three males fighting outside of Grant Manor in Sooke. There was a report of a club being used as a weapon. On arrival police found one of the subjects covered in blood. The scene was controlled, an arrest was made and the investigation commenced. It was determined that the injured person was actually attempting to precipitate the violence in this matter. He had been confronted by a resident of the complex who was concerned that he may be attempting to steal a bike. When the male became aggressive, the resident grabbed a table leg from a shopping cart to defend himself. He yelled for someone to call the police, and when the subject came at him aggressively he administered a blow to the head with his newly acquired table leg, successfully ending the altercation. The injured male was taken to hospital treated for a minor injury and released.
Charges of causing a disturbance under the Criminal Code of Canada are being considered. As is the case with virtually ever such calamity attended by the police, alcohol was a factor.
Sooke Detachment members are now busy preparing for the May long weekend. A leave restriction is in place, and all members will be on hand to conduct enforcement operations and respond to calls for service. Cpl. Joe Holmes and his family have arrived from Powell River, and Cpl. Holmes starts work in Sooke this week.