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Accident leads to charges

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An 18-year-old male is facing several charges following a collision on Thursday night in northwest Estevan.

A patrolling member of the Estevan Police Service was operating a police car that was equipped with an automated license plate reader. He received an alert about a vehicle he encountered on Souris Avenue North.

The automated licence plate reader gave a notification, indicating that a driver associated with this vehicle may be suspended. The officer turned the patrol car around and attempted to initiate a traffic stop at the intersection of Wellock Road and Souris Avenue North. The driver of the truck accelerated away from the officer on Wellock Road.

The truck then turned and accelerated south, down Nicholson Road, at a high rate of speed.

Witnesses tell police that the truck was moving quickly near the Grundeen Apartments when it sideswiped a northbound truck. The accused kept going and turned onto Hillcrest Drive before stopping.

The police officer that attempted to initiate the traffic stop was not nearby when all of this occurred, and did not see the collision. He soon came upon the offending truck on Hillcrest Drive. The motorist was waiting to turn himself into the officer, and was arrested.

The 18-year-old Estevan male driver is facing multiple charges under the Criminal Code, including impaired driving, driving while over .08, operating a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public, and breaching conditions of his probation. He will also face a charge of disobeying a signal to stop by a peace officer under the Traffic Safety Act.

The man was held in custody overnight until sober, and was released before a justice of the peace on Friday.

While police were investigating the incident, one of the witnesses was found to have been consuming alcohol. Police arrested him for impaired driving and driving while over .08. He was released to a sober person, with a future court date.

The collision resulted in substantial damage to both two vehicles, but no serious injuries occurred.

Police spoke to multiple witnesses and the investigation is ongoing. Officers appreciate the public staying around and waiting on police to speak to them. If there are additional witnesses to the driving actions of this accused that haven’t spoken to police, please contact the Estevan Police Service at 306-634-4767.

Other recent highlights for the police were:

*Members were dispatched to an apartment on the city’s north side on Tuesday night for a noise that sounded like someone wrecking things. Police located a loud stereo with lots of bass. The person was warned of the bylaw.

*Officers were called to a loud party. Police attended and served an ticket under the bylaw, as this was the third noise infraction at the residence.

*A call came in through the report impaired drivers line on Monday night. The caller advised that a vehicle had veered into oncoming traffic twice in a very short distance. The vehicle was intercepted and stopped. There was a strong smell of beverage alcohol coming from the vehicle. Open alcohol was located. An breath demand was made, and the driver refused to supply a sample of his breath. He was charged accordingly. He was also charged with driving while suspended, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

*While on patrol, officers noticed a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was stopped and the motorist could not produce a driver’s license. He gave his name, and nothing came back for the name or date of birth. In questioning him, the officer got him to give his proper name and date of birth. He was charged with obstructing a police officer and driving while suspended, and his vehicle was impounded.

*Police on foot patrol at the fair encountered several children who had been separated from their parents. Police assisted with locating the parents. One person was asked to leave the fair grounds and did so without incident.


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