Tuesday September 16, 2014

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Police had another active weekend

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Estevan Police Service members are reminding the public to provide accurate information when reporting an incident, after they were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot on Sunday night.

Police were notified that the female complainant had a minor collision with a parked car. The complainant stated that a group of people, not associated with the collision, got involved with them and a couple of people attacked the male she was with.

The suspects were reported to be in a black Ford truck with a Saskatchewan license plate. The complainant also said that the driver may be impaired by alcohol. 

Police located the suspect vehicle at the Walmart lot and stopped it. The plate and description of the vehicle matched. The occupants of the truck were arrested for assault, based on the original information of the attack. 

While police tended to the two male suspects, the complainant called back and gave the correct plate and description of vehicle to the dispatcher. The two males in the black Ford were released, as they had no involvement in the incident. 

The vehicle that the complainant now reported was a red Chevrolet truck with a Saskatchewan plate. Police spoke to the occupants of that truck. Then, in speaking with the complainant, she said her male friend was never attacked, and no assault took place. All parties were sent on their way, and no further action was required, as no criminal offences occurred.

None of the drivers were impaired, either.

Police want to remind the public that accurate details are important when calling the police for assistance.  The two males that were stopped in the first vehicle were innocent, and had no involvement in the incident. They were very cooperative with police.

Once the accurate information was relayed to investigators, it was easy to deal with. 

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Police stopped a vehicle on the east end of the city on Saturday night. The female driver was arrested for impaired driving, and released with a court date for next month. The passenger of the truck was arrested in connection with a mischief incident that occurred in late March. He was released with a May court date, too.

Members responded to fight that was reported at an east end lounge parking lot. When police arrived, the parties had separated. One was intoxicated, even though he was on conditions of an undertaking to abstain from alcohol. The male was lodged in cells until morning, when he will be released with a court date.

Police responded to a complaint of a fight at a north end convenience store parking lot. When police arrived, a male youth was arrested for mischief, as he had damaged property inside the store, and was intoxicated at the time. The male was arrested and lodged in cells, and was released when sober.

A motorist had his license suspended for 24 hours following a traffic stop.

Police arrested a male on the north side of the city for being intoxicated in public. He had walked into the wrong house while looking for a party. He was apprehended a short distance from that residence and was lodged in cells until morning.

Officers were called to a report of someone trespassing at night in northwest Estevan. The male subject attempted to flee from police in a yard. He was arrested and lodged in cells for the night.

A couple of assault complaints are under investigation. Charges are pending.

Police and Estevan Fire and Rescue Services had to respond to the Civic Auditorium and the Power Dodge Curling Centre due to an alarm. It was near the end of the cabaret for the Estevan Strippers tournament, so the building was evacuated while officials investigated the cause of the alarm. Police noted that the public exited the facility smoothly.

Officers conducted numerous traffic stops on Friday night. As a result, there were eight people charged with traffic-related offences, such as speeding, disobeying red lights and more. Police also arrested and charged two people for impaired driving. They have been released and given court dates.

Police responded to a break and enter in the city, in which some property was taken. After the involved parties were sent on their way, and the incident was pieced together, it led to another investigation in which the same parties were involved, but in reverse roles. More details will be announced at a later date.

Members are investigating an assault that occurred on Fourth Street. Witness statements were taken and the investigation is continuing.

Police also arrested a young man for breaching conditions of a previous arrest. He was released for a future court date.

While on patrol Thursday night, police noted a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road. When the vehicle noticed the oncoming vehicle, it swerved hard into the proper lane. The vehicle was stopped and a breath sample was demanded. It led to a 24-hour driving suspension.

While on a routine stop, police noted a smell of beverage alcohol coming from the vehicle. A breath sample demand was made, and the reading resulted in a 24-hour suspension.

A vehicle was stopped for its driving actions. The driver showed signs of impairment. A breath sample was requested. While investigating, police noted two open beers in the vehicle. A small bag, containing 3 1/2 grams of marijuana, was locked in the driver’s door pocket. Police arrested the three males for possession of controlled substance. A further search turned up another 16 grams of marijuana. The driver of the vehicle was brought to the police station for a breath test, and two samples were obtained. The readings were below the limit and the driver was given a 24-hour driving suspension, a charge for possessing under 30 grams of a controlled substance, and a traffic ticket for failing to comply with restrictions on his licence. One passenger claimed the first bag of marijuana and was charged accordingly.

 


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