Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 40 files this week. Highlights include criminal harassment, theft, impaired driving and other serious matters.
Rimbey Mounties arrested three more impaired drivers this week. Two weeks in a row, officers doing highway patrol on Highway 53 near the Open Creek Campground have arrested impaired drivers.
Edmonton man charged
On September 1, as the clock struck midnight, an alert Mountie stopped a truck going a 137 kilometres per hour. Locals all know that the posted speed of 100 km/hr. is too fast at night because of all the deer and moose on that stretch of road. However, the 48 year old driver, a resident of Edmonton, was unaware of the wildlife dangers or that Mounties in Rimbey can be anywhere at any time. The Edmontonian found himself in a pickle when he demonstrated all the usual signs of being in no condition of being behind the wheel to the officer. On top of being intoxicated, the driver had no insurance, no registration, was already a suspended driver, was on probation to not get into any more trouble… and to add to his list of problems… he was using a stolen license plate! In the other cases, local men were arrested for drinking and driving. All were charged and had their vehicles seized, licenses suspended and have to face a judge in the near future to answer to their charges.
Drug dealers pursued
Your local detachment continues to pursue drug dealers in our community. Officers are utilizing every possible resource to put anyone selling illegal narcotics behind bars. Everyone must know that these investigations take time and patience. Evidence must be properly obtained to stand up to the many tests in court to achieve proper convictions. In one case, a citizen reported suspicious behaviour at a neighbouring house during the night. When a fully marked police cruiser did not drive up and go in and bust the alleged culprits right away, the complainant was disappointed in the apparent lack of response to their call for service.
Police use many means of investigating drug trafficking offences. Remember, just because you didn’t see a police officer, that doesn’t mean they weren’t there! Your local detachment is working hard to keep drugs off the streets in our community. At this time, there are countless men and women in jail serving their sentences for their crimes relating to drug offences they committed in Rimbey. Some of these fine citizens have even found new couches to flop on elsewhere …far away from Rimbey to escape the heat when they were released from jail.
Habitual offenders targeted
Mounties will continue to target chronic habitual offenders to ensure they are not continuing to commit crimes. If you have any information relating to drug use or trafficking in our community, please call (403) 843-2224. You never know, the little tidbit of information you have, may be the piece of the puzzle police need to solve a crime.
Furry pedestrian hit
On September 4, in the early morning hours police responded to a vehicle rollover on Iola Road. While officers were investigating the matter, an emergency beacon from OnStar called 911 to notify that a pedestrian had been hit on Highway 53 west of town. Initial reports were that the vehicle was completely demolished and fluids were leaking all over the road.
Police, Fire Department and EMS personnel quickly responded to the crash scene but were unable to find it. Finally, the responding officer located the site on a Range Road adjacent to the highway where a SUV had hit a pedestrian causing the air bags to deploy from the heavy front end damage. Fortunately, the driver of the SUV was not seriously injured but the four-legged furry pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
If you were planning on hunting deer west of town near Range Road 44, you’re too late!
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
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