Snowy motorcycle ride results in arrest

Vernon man facing charges and ticket violations after a routine stop on Pleasant Valley Road

It just wasn’t a very good Monday for a Vernon man.

An RCMP officer from the North Okanagan Traffic Services noticed a small motorcycle driving northbound on Pleasant Valley Road near Silver Star Road just after 1 p.m., thinking it odd to see such a vehicle out in –11 degree temperatures, snowing and on snow-covered roads.

“The officer then noticed that there was no licence plate on the bike as it passed,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Our officer turned around, activated his lights and pulled the bike into a nearby parking lot.”

Police report the bike’s operator, a 47-year-old Vernon man, produced a B.C. driver’s licence and told the officer he did not believe the bike had to be registered or insured because it has a 49cc engine.

“Unfortunately for him, the bike requires licensing,” said Molendyk.

Upon further investigation, the officer discovered that the driver’s licence was found to have been cancelled in 2009.

As he was in the process of issuing the operator a ticket for no insurance and no driver’s licence, the officer noticed a strong odour of liquor on the driver’s breath.

“An ASD demand was read and a breath sample was obtained,” said Molendyk. “The subject blew a fail result.”

After receiving tickets for no insurance and no driver’s licence, and after being charged with impaired driving, the Vernon man’s problems weren’t over yet.

“While the police were dealing with him, they discovered he was in possession of marijuana,” said Molendyk.

The bike operator was arrested and released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court in February.