Impaired drivers keep RCMP busy

This past week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 48 calls for service.

  • Sep. 4, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Fire: Rimbey emergency crews responded to a car fire around 10 p.m. on Aug. 26 on a gravel road west of Highway 20 near Bluffton. The 2006 Dodge Charger was completely engulfed in flames

This past week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 48 calls for service. The files investigated include stolen vehicles, break and enters, mental health act issues, collisions and impaired driving.

On August 23 someone pushed a lawnmower away from a local business without paying for it. When police catch up with this lawn cutting thief they will not be cutting him any breaks.

Police responded to several collisions, including three at the motocross track at Central Alberta Raceways which resulted in trips to the hospital for the adventure seekers. High winds and possible driver inexperience resulted in a turned over holiday trailer on Highway 766. Unfortunately for the driver he had just purchased the trailer which is a total write-off.

RCMP dealt with several mental health related issues and transported three different people to the Centennial Center in Ponoka for further treatment. One male had taken over 100 prescription pills, another male was trying to evict imaginary people.

On August 25, police responded to a report of a male walking around Poulson’s pasture with a handgun. Members flooded the area and located a 17-year-old with a very realistic looking Airsoft gun. The gun even had realistic fake bullets. Police are reminding people with these types of guns that they are easily confused with real guns, this fact could have catastrophic consequences for people possessing these Airsoft guns.

Drinking was the cause of several people being arrested this week. A 24- year-old from Calgary on conditions to not drink, became intoxicated and started trashing his uncle’s house. The Calgarian was arrested and his very forgiving uncle paid his bail for him. A 43-year-old resident of Rimbey whose licence has been suspended for over a decade was caught driving. To top it off he was also impaired with a blood alcohol content two and a half times the legal limit. The worst part is that this occurred during the supper hour. A 28-year-old resident of Rimbey was also found driving under the influence, His licence was suspended for 24 hours and he was arrested for breaching his probation.

On August 29 thieves went on a crime spree in rural Bluffton, breaking into a business, stealing two trucks and stealing valuables from numerous more. When one homeowner followed his stolen truck the culprits backed in to him for his efforts. The investigation into this is ongoing. Please don’t leave valuables or keys in your vehicles.

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