Rimbey RCMP officers bombarded with complaints about livestock on roadways

Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 55 files this week.

  • Tue Aug 12th, 2014 7:00am
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Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 55 files this week. Highlights include theft, domestic assault, mischief, impaired drivers and livestock complaints.

Family passengers riding with impaired driver

Last week, I stressed how so many lives have changed because of the devastating wave impaired driving has caused families and the heart ache left in its wake. I shared how difficult it is to tell a mother that her son or daughter has been killed in a crash caused by a drunk driver. Evidently, folks around here have a solution to that problem….on Friday night, an officer arrested a 21 year old man in town driving his Dodge pickup truck while intoxicated. Not only did he blow nearly twice the legal limit…he had both his parents and his girlfriend in the truck drinking with him! I guess if everyone is killed in the same crash they save us the difficulty of telling their immediate family members tragic news!

Unfortunate mishap

A local grocery store reported a mischief complaint when they found a pile of broken glass in their parking lot as they opened shop early in the morning. The responding officer found a truck seat cover in the area that contained receipts and identification in it. The investigator contacted the local person to inquire about their belongings being found near a potential “crime scene”. The young man sounded a little dismayed that the police had found his ID and unveiled the truth about what took place the night before. Evidently, the chap locked his keys in the truck. At the time, it seemed like breaking the window was a logical solution to the problem – so he did. However, he didn’t take into account the cost a littering ticket on top of replacing a truck window… in the end, it would have been a lot cheaper to call a local tow truck company to unlock the door!

Domestic dispute

On August 6, at approximately 1:30 p.m., police responded quickly to a domestic dispute at a local acreage near town. The investigation revealed the 50-year-old man allegedly assaulted his common-law spouse during an argument. The accused was arrested and charged accordingly.

Drunk driver rolls truck

On April 23, in the early afternoon, emergency personnel responded to a devastating roll over on Highway 53 near Highway 771. A 33 year old, a resident of Ponoka, who was working in the Rimbey area, drove his truck across the oncoming lane and launched it off a road approach in the ditch. The airborne truck rolled several times down a hill nearly ending up submerged in a lake. At the time, we reported that charges were pending the outcome of the investigation. Police have since received the results back from the lab indicating that his blood alcohol was double the legal limit and he has now been charged criminally with drunk driving. He was already a suspended driver at the time of the offence!

Livestock cause havoc

Police were bombarded with complaints of livestock on the roadways throughout the jurisdiction. The little furry “Houdinis” seem to think the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. In one case, a rancher’s “best Heifer” was struck by a truck causing extensive damage to the front end and the cow was pronounced deceased at the scene. The company vehicle only had 1,800 kilometres on it. Thankfully, the driver was not seriously injured. A charge has been laid in this case for having livestock at large which is an offence under the provincial Stray Animals Act. Please, check your fence lines and keep your animals off the road.

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:

PHONE: 1-800-222-8477

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