Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated over 40 files this week. Highlights include another drug bust, domestic disputes, stolen cars, drunk drivers and other serious matters.
Criminal charges laid
An alert Mountie patrolling town late one night observed a suspicious car with a female driver and a male in the back seat. When the officer stopped the car he found it to be stolen from Innisfail. Both occupants were arrested and were in possession of cocaine and magic mushrooms. Further investigation revealed the 20-year-old male was responsible for a theft at a local liquor store in Rimbey. In addition to the criminal charges, the 19-year-old female driver has also been charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license and for having no insurance. In Alberta, the fine for having no insurance is $2,875 for a first time offender and a minimum $5,000 for a second time offender.
Meth head takes bad trip
A local meth head was apprehended while taking a bad trip in his mind as a result of his use of illicit drugs and was transported by police to the hospital. The heavy drug user freaked out en route to the hospital because vampires were chasing the police cruiser along the way. Apparently, these undead beings are very fast and were keeping right up alongside the cruiser and were peering in the window at the man in the back seat. Police quickly settled the disturbed man down after he was advised by the officer that he is also armed with silver bullets, a cross and wooden stakes in the event they were overtaken by these ghostly menaces.
Car thieves being sought
During the night of January 20th, unknown culprit(s) stole a car from a residence in Bluffton. Police patrolling the area located the vehicle at the Bluffton Community Centre, however, the bandits had already fled the area. The investigation into this theft is ongoing.
Impaired driver charged
Late Saturday night, at approximately 3:00 a.m., a local 25-year-old man from the Bluffton area was stopped while driving his Dodge truck while intoxicated. The tipsy driver blew over double the legal limit and was charged accordingly with drunk driving and had his truck impounded. Late Sunday night, another drunk driver was arrested by Rimbey cops. A 32-year-old man, with strong ties to the community, was operating his Ford Mustang after consuming too many wobbly pops and was arrested from behind the wheel. The driver blew well over the legal limit of .08 and also had his hot rod seized after being charged for drunk driving. As previously reported, Rimbey RCMP charged over 60 impaired drivers last year. That astronomical figure is over six times the average for a community our size in Alberta. Police have teamed up with local concerned citizens and formed the Rimbey Community Wellness Group. In the very near future, you will see posters around the community and other educational tools being utilized to promote alternatives to getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they observe a possible impaired driver…because an impaired driver is an emergency!
Police receive support
Police have received an outpouring of kind gestures from many folks in the community after another Alberta Mountie was gunned down this week. It is our honour to serve you and we appreciate your many heartfelt thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.
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:
#8477 on Telus Mobility
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