Message about drinking and driving not getting through

This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 50 calls for service.

This week the Rimbey RCMP responded to 50 calls for service. Highlights include break and enters, drugs, fraud, theft, and other serious matters.

Your local detachment continues to work diligently on keeping drunk drivers off the road. As reported earlier, most detachments that serve communities equivalent in size to Rimbey will charge less than 10 impaired drivers a year.

In Rimbey, we arrested nearly that many in the last week! The message to not drink and drive is clearly not reaching everyone.

Impaired driver charged

On January 5, police arrested a 34-year-old female, a resident of Westerose, after she hit the ditch several times in her pickup truck on Highway 611. She has been charged with impaired driving.

Drunk driving and drug charge laid

On January 8, an alert officer patrolling the highways near Rimbey stopped a 23-year-old man, a resident of Winfield, who was also impaired. When police searched the man, they found cocaine as well. The accused has been charged with drunk driving and possession of cocaine.

Calgary man charged

Also on January 8, when the school buses were just about to hit the road after school, a Calgary man travelling through Rimbey on his way home from work was arrested on Highway 20 near Centerview Road. The man was erratically driving southbound and pulled over to the side of the road to relieve himself. Police were right behind him and arrested him on the spot. The accused has been convicted of impaired driving on four previous occasions. In this case, the driver told the arresting officer that the last time he was caught drunk driving he provided a breath sample and that didn’t turn out so well for him.

The inebriated man followed up by stating, “this time I refuse to blow and we’ll see how well that works out for me.” The accused has been charged with refusing to provide a sample of his breath and with impaired driving. Maybe this time he will get the message to not drink and drive!

Impaired driver carrying drugs

On January 9, a Rimbey Mountie conducting highway patrol on Highway 53 stopped a Jeep Liberty after the license plate revealed that the registered owner was wanted by police in Alberta. The driver, who was the fugitive, was also drunk at the time he was stopped on his way to Rimbey for a new job.

Upon arrest, police also located over 100 grams of marihuana and a quantity of Oxycodone in his possession. The accused has been charged with impaired driving as well as drug possession.

Charges pending for forged prescription

Police are following up on a case where a young adult male attended a local pharmacy and attempted to get oxycodone with a forged prescription. Police have located the newcomer to Rimbey and serious charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

Goalie equipment stolen

On January 6, a local young man reported that expensive goalie equipment in a black Reebok bag was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in town.

Firearms and bow and arrow stolen

On January 7, police attended a residence on Highway 607 north of Rimbey for a break and enter complaint. Unknown culprit(s) stole a Husqvarna 7mm Remington Magnum rifle and a bow and arrow from the property.

Investigation continues

Police continue to investigate the break and enters to the local churches on Christmas Eve. The investigation has led Mounties to other jurisdictions in Alberta as they continue to work hard at solving these cases.

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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