From police bizarre-but-true files
Police received a bizarre call June 27, according to RCMP Cpl. Debbie Postnikoff.
“On June 27 at 6:37 p.m., a complaint was received of an incident that had occurred approximately 20 minutes from Castlegar near the Nancy Greene Junction. A caller reported that there was a male that had been acting strangely inside of the Greyhound bus that they were in and was possibly “high” on a substance,” she said, adding the substance could possibly have been paint fumes.
“He appeared to be pacing and going in and out of the washroom on the bus. When the driver approached the male, he was holding a screwdriver and hammer in his hands, and proceeded to jump out of the window and was running around on the roadway,” she said, adding it’s impossible to speculate whether mental health issues were the driving issue behind the man’s behaviour.
“Castlegar and Trail RCMP members attended and made extensive patrols, but did not have success in locating the male. The male was last seen hitchhiking.
“Grand Forks RCMP were also notified and road blocks were set up in efforts of locating and identifying the male. Police conducted queries of the name listed on the bus ticket, however, police have not confirmed the identity of the male, as there is no requirement to show ID when purchasing a ticket.
“Police are continuing their efforts in identifying this male. A back pack and walking stick were left behind on the bus by the male and seized by police, in hopes he would come by the Castlegar Detachment to collect same.
“No one was injured and property damage inside the bus was minimal.”
Postnikoff concluded that the only real reason police continue to look for the man in question is to be sure he’s okay, and to give him his stuff back.