Vernon bylaw officer assists RCMP

A lot of people think bylaw officers simply write out parking tickets. RCMP officers think they’re a great partner.

A lot of people think bylaw officers simply write out parking tickets.

RCMP officers think they’re a great partner.

A bylaw officer on-duty in downtown Vernon Sunday at 8:15 p.m. noticed a police officer at a traffic stop in the 3200 block of 33rd Street, having pulled a car over for a suspected impaired driver.

The observant bylaw officer noticed two men and a woman get out of the vehicle. He pulled his vehicle over to assist the RCMP officer as he recognized the men and knew them to be known to police.

“Shortly after his arrival, two of the people, the female driver and one of the men, began yelling at the police officer,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The bylaw officer assisted our police officer in cuffing the female driver while keeping the other agitated passenger at bay.”

A second police officer then arrived to help deal with the two men in the vehicle. The woman, said Molendyk, continued to scream and yell and kick the police car door, damaging it.

She was taken to cells and the aggressive male was later released when he had calmed down. The second man was also let go on his way as he remained calm during this road check.

“Again, this shows the working relationship that the police have with our bylaw officers in the City of Vernon,’ said Molendyk.

The 21-year-old Vernon woman is expected to face charges of mischief, and she was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition.