Ridge Meadows RCMP arrested a man Wednesday on allegations he exposed himself to two teenager boys.
Kenneth Glen Erickson, 65, was held in custody overnight for a court appearance Thursday.
Two teenagers who were walking on Dewdney Trunk Road around 10 p.m. reported seeing a red Toyota Land Cruiser pull onto a street in front of them.
As the boys approached the street, they saw a man standing on the corner exposing himself.
The boy crossed the road and walked east, but the vehicle followed them and the man exposed himself again.
The boys then got onto a bus, which took them to the Maple Ridge bus loop, where they saw the same vehicle.
The boys called police, who stopped the vehicle and arrested the man, who is known to police for similar offences.
“The suspect is known to police for this type of offence, and has a past criminal conviction,” said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop.
“The victims in this case did the right thing in keeping themselves safe. They did not engage in any conversation with him, stayed together, and noted the descriptions of the man and his vehicle. All of this was relayed to the first police officer they could contact, resulting in the arrest of the suspect.”
New drivers ticketed
Ridge Meadows RCMP were out in force Wednesday to make sure young drivers were complying with restrictions on their licenses.
Police targeted areas near three local high schools and issued 15 tickets for various violations. Seven drivers were ticketed for failing to display the ‘N’ sign. Others received violation tickets for carrying more than one passenger, failing to wear their seat belts and one for using a cell phone while driving.
Learners must be accompanied by an adult 25 or older and can drive only between 5 a.m. and midnight.
Novice drivers must display a ‘N’ sign on their vehicles and are restricted from using both hand-held and hands-free cellphones and portable electronic devices. They are not to carry more than one passenger, except when they have an adult supervisor who is 25 years of age or older.