No light leads to big trouble for Vernon cyclist

RCMP officer thought it odd to find a cyclist riding the streets of Vernon at 3 a.m. with no light on the bike...

The Vernon RCMP officer thought it might not be a bad idea to stop a cyclist riding without any lights at 3 a.m. in the downtown core Dec. 31.

When the officer activated his emergency equipment near the intersection of 30th Avenue and Alexis Park Drive, the cyclist wheeled away.

“The individual took off quickly southbound on 38th Street and went through the parkade of an apartment complex on 27th Avenue,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The cyclist lost control of his bicycle near 37th Street.”

Molendyk said the suspect then took off on foot to 25th Avenue where a second RCMP officer was waiting for him and tackled him.

The cyclist, a 25-year-old man was arrested for obstruction.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed to RCMP the man had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

A search of the man found him to be in possession of heroin, cocaine, meth and clonazepam pills (according to, clonazepam is in a group of drugs that affect chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used to treat seizure or panic disorders).

The suspect also had two canisters of dog spray and more than $500 in cash.

He is facing charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and obstructing a peace officer.

The man was released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court.