County of Wetaskiwin hears report on impaired motorcyclist

Motorist stopped by community peace officer after 175 km/hr recorded

County of Wetaskiwin council heard about an alleged speeder who received multiple tickets within a few minutes. The reports were given during the regular Sept. 10 council meeting.

Assistant CAO Jeff Chipley gave his regular protective services report to council.

“Mr. J. Chipley, Assistant CAO, presented the following Protective Services Reports that were provided for review by Council: Community Peace Officer Occurrence Report for July & August 2019, Community Peace Officer Patrol Report for July & August 2019, Animal Control Report January – August 2019 and Bylaw Enforcement Report January – August 2019,” stated Chipley’s memo to councilors.

“Some of the highlights of incidents that were dealt with by the Community Peace Officers (CPOs) of the County of Wetaskiwin in the month of July were as follows:

“A CPO took a complaint from a park attendant where they witnessed a male chopping trees down in violation of the Parks bylaw. The male continued to destroy the tree after the attendant told him to stop. The CPO laid four (4) charges in relation to the matter.

“While on patrol in Millet, a CPO stopped a motorcycle for traveling 58 km/hr in a 30 km/hr playground zone. The driver smelled of liquor and was displaying signs of intoxication. The RCMP attended and the driver failed a mandatory roadside screening test. The driver was arrested and taken to cells where he later registered 0.130 on a Breathalyzer examination. The driver was charged for speeding by the CPO and impaired driving over .08 by the RCMP.

“A CPO responded to a motor vehicle collision in Division 5 where a male driving a Class A motorhome was believed to have suffered cardiac arrest. “The CPO arrived on scene with CPR being administered, but unfortunately, the male was pronounced deceased on scene a short time later. The CPO assisted with containment and then helped the spouse of the deceased make arrangements for belongings and a place to stay, as the couple was from out of province.

“A CPO received a complaint for an abandoned trailer in Division 3. The CPO attended and found a home-built utility trailer without license plate or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The Trailer was loaded with demolition and scrap material. The CPO had the trailer removed,” stated Chipley in his report.

Community peace officers also handled some interesting situations in July and august, Chipley reported.

“Some of the highlights of incidents that were dealt with by the Community Peace Officers (CPOs) of the County of Wetaskiwin in the month of August were as follows:

“A CPO was stopped by a civilian while patrolling. The male driver spoke to the CPO about some issues regarding stolen property and then departed at a speed of 175 km/hr in the 100 km/hr zone. The driver was stopped and issued a Summons to Court for 75 km/hr over the limit. The CPO released the male driver and then observed him speeding at 165 km/hr in the posted 100 km/hr zone approximately two (2) minutes later. The CPO arrested the driver for speeding and released him on another Summons to Court.

“While on patrol in Division 7, a CPO stopped a tank truck hauling dangerous goods because it was leaking flammable liquid onto the roadway. The CPO detected numerous other offences, including the vehicle being overweight. The CPO laid three (3) charges and placed the truck out of service.

“A CPO was conducting a stationary compliance check with Alberta Fish & Wildlife and Conservation. The CPO checked a vehicle and found the driver concealing an open beer. The male was then also found operating while suspended. Charges were laid and the CPO seized the vehicle for thirty (30) days in accordance with provincial regulation.

“CPOs dealt with numerous complaints within County Operated Parks with some leading to charges being laid.

“A CPO observed kids having iced tea for sale in Division 5. The CPO stopped and chatted while drinking iced tea. The CPO noted that the “business license” was written in crayon with excellent penmanship,” noted the memo.

Stu.salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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