Rimbey RCMP defuse crotch rocket


  • Jul. 19, 2011 7:00 a.m.
Rimbey RCMP were proud to be part of the Rimbey parade.

Rimbey RCMP were proud to be part of the Rimbey parade.

In the last week, the Rimbey RCMP responded to 55 calls for service.

On July 7, a concerned citizen called to report a motorcycle was southbound on Highway 20 at an extremely high speed. An officer quickly responded and clocked the “crotch rocket” at over 204 km/h just north of Bluffton. The driver failed to stop for police when the attempt was made to pull him over. Officers resorted to other means and within 10 minutes had the driver arrested on Range Road 40 near Secondary Highway 607. The 37-yearold man from Leduc also had a prohibited weapon in his possession when arrested. He was charged accordingly.

Fight on Main Street

On July 8 at approximately 9 p.m., officers were dispatched to a fight on Main Street in Rimbey. Two adult males were in a physical altercation with no weapons involved. The investigation into the matter is continuing as witnesses are being interviewed at this time. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor and the two individuals are known to one another.

Again, police arrested 28-year-old Shawn Schumaker in the Leedale area on an outstanding warrant for carrying a concealed weapon in a previous incident in Sylvan Lake for which he failed to appear in court. He was also charged with criminal mischief.

Police also dealt with two people under the influence of methamphetamine. As in previous cases, the situation was a concern to police as the two adults were hallucinating at the time and had not slept in days, which led to police being called.

Drunk driving welder charged

Late Saturday night at approximately 3 a.m., an officer observed a welding truck driving erratically in Rimbey. The driver was found to have been consuming alcohol that evening. The 27-year-old man from Rimbey provided two breath samples that were over the legal limit and he was subsequently charged with impaired driving and will appear in provincial court on Aug. 5 in Rimbey to speak to the charges.

A shot rang out. Or did it?

On Sunday, July 10, at approximately 3:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting complaint at Birch Meadows. A citizen reported that while he was in his yard he heard something that sounded like someone loading a shotgun and immediately after heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from the neighbour’s house, which was vacant at the time. Mounties from Rimbey searched the area and residences nearby. No one nor any evidence of the misuse of firearms was located in the area.

Miscellaneous arrests

Rimbey Mounties recovered two stolen motor vehicles last week and arrested several people on outstanding criminal warrants. In one case, officers charged a man for breaching his court orders when they were “checking up on him.”

Driver flees rollover

On July 14, at approximately 2 a.m., a vehicle on Highway 20 near Township Road 410 drove off the roadway and rolled. The truck was hauling a camper and both suffered substantial damages. Officers from Rimbey, Sylvan Lake and the police dog section searched the area but were unable to locate the driver who had fled the scene prior to police being called. The matter is still under investigation.

Beware of peddlar

Concerned citizens have been contacting the RCMP regarding a man going door to door in Ponoka County selling brand new items out of the back of his truck. In these cases, the items being sold were not stolen. The man is described as Middle Eastern descent and is approximately 50 years old driving a truck with British Columbia plates. As in all cases, it is “buyer beware.” Police always encourage people to report suspicious activity.

Officers also investigated the whereabouts of a missing person, uttering threats, break and enter, drugs, theft, fraud and other serious complaints.

Your Rimbey RCMP were proud to be part of the Rimbey parade and other community events. The best part of leading the parade is being ahead of the horses!

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.