In the battle of man versus mailbox, score this one a draw.
Port Moody police had their hands full over the weekend dealing with a teenager who decided to pick a fight with a mailbox, apparently while high on LSD.
The incident started around 5 a.m. Sunday at the corner of Moray Street and Portview Place.
Police were called to the area after a passerby saw someone dancing, talking then fighting a mailbox.
"Our members attended and saw this 15-year-old kid literally talking to this mailbox and full-out fighting it," said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel.
He said the officers tried to calm him down, but it was clear the teen, described as being six feet tall, was under the influence of some type of substance.
The incident turned serious when police tried to take him into custody.
The teen turned his rage toward the officers.
It ultimately took three officers to subdue the youth.
He was taken to hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises and released with no charges.
"It's just a kid who made some bad choices. Criminal charges aren't in the best interest for that kid, " Van Winkel said, adding police don't believe the teen made a conscious decision to fight with the officers.
A pair of tweets was sent out by the police department that morning regarding the incident: "A call of a male fighting with a mailbox. Mailbox fighter arrested after violently fighting with police."
The department said such incidents highlight the difficulties officers face when dealing with people on illegal substances.
"When people are on drugs - on these types of stimulants - it's amazing what they can do, these are three big police officers," Van Winkel said. "That's part of the drug use."
He also noted it's quite rare nowadays for teens to be using LSD, which is a hallucinogenic, because it can lead to a bad trip.
He added designer drugs like ecstasy are more common.
Every summer the reminder goes out, and every summer someone ignores the warning not to leave their child or pet in a warm car.
A recent incident has Port Moody police once again reminding motorists about the dangers posed by the hot weather.
Earlier this month, the department sent out a tweet regarding the incident.
"Two children, 1+3, locked in a sealed van parked in the sun. In 25 deg heat, car temp can be 100 in mins. There is no 'gone just a minute.'"
Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel explained that the parent was running into the store and decided to leave the kids inside the van.
An officer was in the area and happened to come across the vehicle.
In this case, the parent came back to the car before any action was taken, noting they had only run into the store for a minute.
But police are quick to point out the risks are too great, even if it is just for a minute.
"From a policing perspective, if you've left your kids inside the car, you probably won't have a window when you come back, because we're going to be getting them out of there," Van Winkel said.
In this case, he said the parent was given a warning, adding police find education works better than punishment.
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