A Revelstoke RCMP officer was pepper sprayed by a Maple Ridge woman on June 7. (Black Press Media files)

Maple Ridge woman accused of pepper spraying RCMP officer during traffic stop

The suspect’s first court appearance scheduled for August 5

A Maple Ridge woman has been arrested after allegedly pepper spraying a Revelstoke RCMP officer on Sunday, June 7, on the Trans-Canada Highway.

The incident occurred when the officer pulled over a vehicle for a routine traffic stop, for an unlicenced trailer being pulled by a vehicle approximately 20 kilometres east of Revelstoke.

While the officer was conducting her inquiries at the window of the vehicle, she was pepper sprayed by the female driver, according to Revelstoke RCMP Sgt. Chris Dodds.

The officer, who was by herself, was able to radio for help, said Dodds, as she was dealing with the disabling effects of the pepper spray.

Before the suspect drove off, a male passenger exited the vehicle, but stayed on scene. Police determined he was a hitchhiker and not associated with the suspect.

READ: Family remembers Maple Ridge man, friend killed in Osoyoos boat crash

BC Emergency Health Services treated the RCMP officer at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP located the suspect’s vehicle a few kilometres away, near the Giant Cedars Boardwalk.

“The woman, who was found inside the utility trailer, was emotionally distraught, uncooperative, and failed to comply with police commands,” Dodds explained.

“She was eventually physically taken into police custody. She was unharmed.”

READ: Mission shooting sends man to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds

When the RCMP searched the vehicle they discovered a loaded crossbow, pepper spray, and a knife.

“This shocking situation highlights the inherent dangers that frontline police officers face each and every day they go to work,” said Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky, Revelstoke RCMP detachment commander.

“This officer remained focused on her duty to protect and serve the public by continuing her investigation and relaying important details to other officers in order to safely apprehend the woman who posed a potential risk to herself and others.”

Samantha Lorraine Almond is facing five separate charges including assaulting a peace officer, uttering threats, and possessing a weapon.

Almond’s first court appearance will be on Aug. 5.

– With files from Revelstoke Review



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Pitt Meadows woman tired of speeders on Bonson

Speed bumps or increased enforcement are needed to curtail racers through a park zone

LETTER: Lock cats and small dogs away from wily coyotes

If you have a letter you’d like to submit, please email us at editor@mapleridgenews.com.

LETTER: Priority should be given to locals accessing Golden Ears park

Maple Ridge residents should be able to reserve new day passes ahead of out-of-towners: one local

When life gives you lemons…

Maple Ridge kids make the most of summer by setting up lemonade stand

SHARE: Rainy days of summer in Maple Ridge still a sight to behold

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Fraser Valley Bandits fall to Edmonton in CEBL final

Bandits lose 90-73 to Stingers in Sunday’s Summer Series final

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Fraser Valley Bandits advance to CEBL Championship Game

Bandits post comeback 76-75 win over Hamilton Honey Badgers in Saturday’s semifinal

IHIT on scene of suspicious early-morning fire on rural Mission property

Entrance to Gunn Avenue property cordoned off while investigation takes place, updates coming

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Most Read