RCMP deal with thieves, drunks and motor vehicle collisions

Rimbey RCMP responded to 51 calls for service this week.

  • Sep. 18, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Rimbey RCMP responded to 51 calls for service this week. Highlights of the week include a large number of motor vehicle collisions, uttering threats to kill, theft, criminal harassment and other serious criminal matters.

Disqualified drunk caught driving

On Sept. 7, an alert officer on patrol noticed a local 28-year-old woman cruising down an alleyway in her bright red 2002 Pontiac Sunfire. The young lady was disqualified from driving as a result of a recent conviction for drunk driving. As such, she was charged for driving while prohibited. She also received over $3,000 in fines and had her car towed and impounded.

Should have sobered up first

A 43-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey, walked to the detachment Sept. 7 to “check in” as ordered by the judge as a result of previous criminal matters he faced. He is on court-imposed conditions to not consume any alcohol whatsoever. As he swaggered up the street on his way to the police station an officer stopped to chat with him and found him to be “sauced” at 9:30 in the morning. He was again charged for breaching his court order.

So much to learn about driving

Last Sunday morning at approximately 4 a.m., officers stopped a car that had left a bush party. The driver, a 20-year-old man, a resident of Rimbey who only had a class 7 driver’s

license was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with impaired driving and had the car he “borrowed” seized and impounded. It was found during the investigation that he had also committed a hit and run at the party prior to being stopped by police. In addition, he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Musical chairs to Jailhouse Rock

On Sept. 9, a Rimbey Mountie patrolling Highway 20 noticed a vehicle at the intersection of Leedale Road. The officer became suspicious when the driver and the passenger suddenly did musical chairs when they saw the police car. The former passenger, an 18-year-old man who is a resident of Rimbey, provided a breath sample and as a result lost his driving privileges and had his car seized and towed to the impound lot.

Wanted man on the lam

Police responded to a domestic dispute in progress Sept. 10. Officers quickly attended the residence but the male offender, who is currently “wanted” by police on other charges, had already fled the scene to avoid being arrested. The man is being sought by police in relation to the other charges as well as a new one he earned for his quick visit to Rimbey.

Big Tex’s trailer stolen

On Sept. 10, police investigated the theft of a single-axle 12-foot black Allandale trailer that was stolen from behind a business in town. The trailer had “Big Tex” written on it. That same day, officers responded to a complaint of theft from a gas plant west of town on Secondary Highway 607. The crime occurred that night at 3 a.m. The thieves stole a 300-metre roll of copper wire from the site. Mounties are currently following up on leads in this case.

Man with a gun arrested

On the evening of Sept. 12, officers responded to a “man with a gun” complaint near Iola Road. Breton and Rimbey members responded quickly and apprehended the man without incident.

Click it or ticket

RCMP will be out enforcing traffic laws as part of a national safety program over the next month. Please ensure you are wearing your seat belt at all times to avoid the hefty fine. Remember: “click it or ticket”.

If you have any information on these or any other crimes, please call the Rimbey RCMP at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, #8477 on Telus Mobility or *8477 on Rogers AT&T.

Crime Stoppers is a community program that does work. Do your part and call now.