BONNYVILLE – An erratic driver could be facing a hefty penalty after refusing a breathalyzer.
According to Bonnyville RCMP Sgt. Kim Hillier, members responded to a complaint on April 3 around 9:30 p.m. about an erratic driver who was, at the time, parked on the lawn of a residence. Officers found the vehicle running, resulting in a 25-year-old Bonnyville male being arrested for impaired driving and brought back to the local detachment.
“The driver then refused the breath demand and didn’t provide samples,” Hillier told the Nouvelle, adding he was later released on paperwork.
If the accused is found guilty of the charge of failing to provide a sample, he could face the same penalty as if he had provided a sample over the legal limit.
Garbage can tipping leads to arrest
Members responded to a call regarding a vehicle knocking over garbage cans in town on April 5.
The driver, a 19-year-old male from Ardmore, failed a roadside screening test, providing samples of 150/160 at the time.
He was released on an appearance notice.
CNRL reports theft
On April 7 just after 9:00 a.m., CNRL filed a complaint regarding a theft from an oil lease site overnight.
“The complainant stated that a low voltage alarm went off in the morning,” noted Hillier. “When she arrived, the digital panel for remote monitoring was missing.”
The approximate value of the device is $900.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Ford F-350 reported stolen
Cold Lake RCMP is laying charges of possession of stolen property on three suspects from Cold Lake after a truck was reported stolen on April 7.
A white Ford F-350, which had a firearm in the back seat, was stolen overnight from in front of the owner’s residence.
It was last seen on Elizabeth Métis Settlement before being later recovered in Cold Lake
Found keys handed into RCMP
Two sets of keys were found across from the Bonnyville Healthcare Centre on Lakeshore Drive were given to police on April 4.
They will be held for 60 days, or until the owner claims them.
Anyone who believes the house and vehicle keys are theirs is encouraged to contact Cst. Megan Letang at 780-343-7200 with a description to claim them.
April is speed enforcement month
The RCMP are encouraging drivers and motorists to take a breath and slow down.
Speed enforcement is the focus for Alberta RCMP in April, and traffic services are still monitoring the roads during this time.
“We are concentrating on the most serious and dangerous driving behaviours that impact motorists and road safety in general,” Hillier said.
Some safety tips to avoid speeding include leaving early, respecting the posted speed limits, and speaking up against speeding and aggressive driving.