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RCMP lay charges following traffic stops in Bonnyville area

Police remind motorists to be careful on the roads as the season changes.
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BONNYVILLE - On the evening of Oct. 4, St. Paul Traffic Services initiated a traffic stop with a Green GMC truck for equipment violations near Bonnyville.  

"The driver was determined to be on outstanding warrants and was arrested," according to the weekly RCMP update from Bonnyville RCMP.

The driver was in possession of over 10 grams of Methamphetamine, along with drug paraphernalia. He was released roadside and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and will be appearing in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Dec. 21.

Vehicle flees

Then on Oct. 6, just after midnight St. Paul Traffic Services attempted a traffic stop with an older model Ford Van that had a licence plate that didn’t match the vehicle. 

"The vehicle was observed pulling into a property familiar to RCMP on the southwest side of Bonnyville," according to police. But, then the vehicle fled southbound, later being located turning onto a lease site off Highway 41.

The 20-year-old woman driver from Frog Lake was arrested for flight from police and released on an undertaking. She was charged with flight from peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and four Traffic Safety Act offences.

Suspicious vehicle

At about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7, a suspicious vehicle was seen parked at a fast food restaurant on the west end of Bonnyville. 

"The RCMP member noted the licence plate did not match the vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and it was determined that the vehicle was not insured or registered and the driver was suspended."  

This time, a 20-year-old man from Bonnyville was charged with driving while unauthorized, having an uninsured motor vehicle on a public roadway, and other offences. The vehicle was towed and will remain seized for 30 days.

Reminder to keep safe

RCMP are reminding motorists that with the changing weather, there is a chance for freezing rain. 

"The Bonnyville RCMP would like to remind motorists to remain vigilant while behind the wheel. Refraining from consuming alcohol and being sure remain focused on the road and avoiding distractions such as cell phones will make for safer roads for everyone."