Wildlife Act offence could result in charges

The Rimbey RCMP detachment responded to nearly 50 calls for service this week.

  • Tue Mar 25th, 2014 7:00am
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The Rimbey RCMP detachment responded to nearly 50 calls for service this week. Highlights of the week include Wildlife Act offences, thefts, drugs, breaching court orders, impaired driving and other serious matters.

Impaired driver arrested

On March 15, at approximately 1:30 a.m., an officer was patrolling Lockhart Road and observed a southbound vehicle all over the road. The Mountie arrested the 64-year-old driver, a resident of the Rimbey area, for impaired driving and seized his truck after he provided breath samples of over twice the legal limit. Fortunately, in this case, the driver had not been involved in a collision.

Better than ‘Cops’ show

Sunday night in Rimbey resembled a ‘Cops’ episode when an alert Mountie patrolling after midnight attempted to stop a suspicious vehicle in town. The driver of the car did not stop for the police, and a chase ensued. The very short pursuit ended when the dangerous driver lost control and hit a snow bank. The bandit then attempted to flee from police by backing out of the large snow drift when his back bumper abruptly met with the police car’s front bumper.

The driver and passenger in the car tried to run away from the disabled car but were quickly arrested by the officer. The investigation revealed that the dangerous driver and his cohort had methamphetamine in the car and had been consuming illegal drugs earlier that evening. Multiple criminal charges have been laid in this case and the vehicle seized.

Help for addiction

RCMP in Rimbey are investigating a matter involving a youth involved in illegal drugs and other crimes. Police have been monitoring the youth’s court imposed conditions and again arrested the young person for breaching a court order this week. Police will continue to work with partnering agencies to help those who find themselves with an addiction problem. If you or a loved one is struggling, there is help. Please call the Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit for more information at (403) 843-8494.

Police were dispatched to a call behind a business where two men were arguing over an unpaid bill. When police arrived on scene, there was not only a verbal disagreement to deal with but a Wildlife Act offence as well.

Police observed a white tailed deer carcass wrapped in a tarp lying out in the sun beside an oil spill on the ground. The deer had been tagged by a licensed hunter after it had been shot last November.

Charges pending

Further inquiries resulted in the deer being seized by police when witnesses stated the deer had been there for two weeks! RCMP contacted Alberta Fish and Wildlife who have sent the deer to a laboratory for testing to determine if the meat is fit for human consumption, and if not, the hunter will be charged with allowing his deer meat to spoil.

Call 911 for impaired drivers

On March 18th, at approximately 3: 00 a.m., police were patrolling Highway 20 near Rimbey when a pickup truck was seen driving erratically on the roadway. Police immediately observed signs of impairment and the 24-year-old male, a resident of Red Deer, was arrested and charged for drunk driving. Sadly, that brings the number of impaired drivers criminally charged by the Rimbey RCMP in the last year to over 50! Please do your part to help us keep the streets and highways safe for all our families and report anyone you suspect is drunk driving. Call 911 immediately, because an impaired driver is an emergency!

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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