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Rimbey RCMP continue to deal with high number of impaired drivers

Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 50 files this week.

  • Tue Aug 5th, 2014 7:00am
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Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 50 files this week. Highlights include a drug bust, impaired driving, thefts, break and enters, sexual assaults and other serious matters.

Drug charges laid

Mounties in Rimbey are not taking the foot off the gas pedal and continue to pursue anyone involved in the local illegal drug trade and use in the area. Another large amount of marihuana was seized as well as scales and other drug trafficking paraphernalia. Charges were laid against a 22-year-old man who resides in the rural area.

Break and enters investigated

Officers are investigating two separate break and enters reported north of Bentley at local acreages. In one case, a black 2009 Can Am Outlander ATV was stolen as well as several firearms. In a similar case, an assault rifle with over 500 rounds of ammo was stolen from a residence. Police are following up on all leads.

ATV driver charged

A local man figured he would beat the system and drive to town on his ATV after police took his license and truck away while he awaits his pending court date for a drunk driving charge. The suspended driver now has another charge in court to deal with and his ATV is being held by the Crown for 30 days in the impound yard. Hopefully, he doesn’t resort to riding the horse to town in the same manner he drives an automobile – from shoulder to shoulder….

Drunk driver charged

Sadly, your local detachment has not seen a significant reduction in the number of impaired driving investigations. Again, a 27-year-old man, a resident of Red Deer, was arrested and charged for drunk driving. An off-duty police officer had been following the erratic driver on Highway 20 and called the boys in blue who responded quickly to get the dangerous driver off the road.

No excuse

There is no excuse for driving while impaired. Everyone knows this fact. The repercussions of drunk driving are not just losing your vehicle, losing your license, losing your job, losing your marriage, losing your ability to travel internationally, losing your life … it is much greater than that. If a sot loses his or her life, that is truly sad. But, what about the folks who were innocently going about their lives and a person who cared not about themselves or others took their life away because they got behind a wheel and drove when they were intoxicated? Words do not describe the lifetime of hurt those drunks cause the family members of those who were killed. This week, I was doing like most other people do … checking my Facebook page to see what everyone is up to. A friend posted how they truly miss their father … how a single day does not pass when they wish they were still here to see their grandchildren growing up … to see the person they themselves had become. Their dad was killed by a drunk driver locally, over two decades ago. If you think for a minute that drunk driving is acceptable … please come with an officer the next time they have to tell a mother that their son or daughter has been killed by a drunk driver. Witness what we go through … what the grieving family member goes through. I promise you … you will never get behind the wheel after drinking ever again!

RCMP report July 16 – 23

Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 40 files this week. Highlights include another drug bust, impaired driving, thefts, a dog bite and other serious matters.

Drug charges laid

On Friday evening a local young man was stopped for a traffic violation. When the driver rolled down the window to speak to the inquisitive officer he couldn’t explain the strong marihuana odour emanating from the truck. The investigating officer located a large amount of marihuana, a scale and zip lock baggies in the vehicle. You don’t have to be a Narc to know what this fine chap was up to. The 21-year-old has been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and his Dodge truck seized and impounded.

Criminal charges

On Saturday night, a Dodge sports car driving erratically in Rimbey caught the eye of a patrolling officer. The Mountie stopped the car and found the driver had consumed far more than his share of wobbly pops before he got behind the wheel. The 21-year-old man from west of town refused to provide a breath sample and has been criminally charged and had his vehicle seized and impounded.

Pit bull attacks

A young lady was out enjoying a run in the sun at Meridian Beach and was attacked by a Pit Bull dog that was out for a walk with its owner on the same path. The jogger moved over to allow for lots of room for the dog on its leash to get by but the canine overpowered its owner and lunged out and bit the lady. The victim received medical treatment at hospital and was later released to tend to her wound. Police are investigating the matter and charges pending.

Truck stolen

During the night of July 22nd, unknown culprit(s) stole a 2005 Ford F550 truck from a local dealership in town. The white truck has an orange coloured light bar and a bucket on a boom. Police continue to investigate this case. To date, the truck has not been located.

Theft from unlocked vehicles

Police continue to receive countless complaints from citizens reporting they have had their laptop, iPod, wallet or purse stolen from their unlocked car sometime during the night. These crimes have all been opportunistic criminals preying on unlocked vehicles. Recently, your local detachment conducted a plain clothes operation at night doing foot patrols throughout the town. Two young ladies from the Edmonton area were arrested red handed going from car to car during the night. Apparently, folks in the city are better about locking up their belongings than we are in small towns. When officers interviewed the two midnight shoppers they stated that it was “easy pickens hitting the small towns … until they were arrested here”. Please remove all valuables from unattended vehicles and lock the doors at all times.