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Bonnyville man charged after using bear spray as a weapon

In the last week, Bonnyville RCMP have laid charges regarding an assault involving bear spray and have put out a warrant for a 17-year-old suspected of stealing a substantial amount of alcohol from a local liquor store.
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BONNYVILLE – While Bonnyville RCMP members were attending an unrelated matter in town during the evening of Jan. 19, they located a man in distress. 

The man advised police that an individual known to him had allegedly assaulted him with bear spray, according to Bonnyville RCMP. 

Another RCMP member later located and arrested the suspect that same evening. 

A 35-year-old man from Bonnyville has been charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and unauthorized possession of a weapon, in relation to the incident. 

RCMP added that the man had also tried to run from police upon his arrest, and was subsequently charged with resisting arrest.   

He was brought before a Justice of the Peace for a bail hearing and was released to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Feb. 15. 

Liquor store theft 

On Jan. 14, a local liquor store reported that a man had stolen hundreds of dollars' worth of alcohol at around at 2:50 p.m.   

“A member of the Bonnyville RCMP attended and reviewed the surveillance footage and positively identified the suspect,” reads a statement released by RCMP. 

Police have laid charges against a 17-year-old male youth from Elizabeth Métis Settlement in relation to the theft and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

The teenager has been charged with theft under $5,000. 

 Suspicious vehicle leads to charges 

Bonnyville RCMP received a 911 call of a suspicious vehicle just before 2 a.m. on Jan. 17. 

A member attended and found a vehicle partially in a snowbank idling.  

“The suspect was sleeping in the vehicle, which was determined to have been stolen, and the member identified him as being wanted on warrants,” according to RCMP. 

Police arrested the man, and he was brought before a Justice of the Peace where he was remanded into custody.   

The 35-year-old male from Bonnyville has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, driving while prohibited and failing to comply with a release order (x10).   

He also faces provincial sanctions for impaired care or control of a vehicle. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 25. 

Impaired driving 

On Jan. 18, at about 2:20 p.m., Bonnyville RCMP received a complaint of an intoxicated driver sitting in a truck on 43rd Ave. between 39 St. and 41 St.   

According to RCMP, an attending member found the suspect sleeping in the truck in the driver’s seat.   

The man was allegedly intoxicated and reportedly had a bottle of vodka sitting on the seat next to him.   

He was arrested for impaired driving and refused to provide a breath sample, say police.   

As a result, the 25-year-old man from Kehewin was charged under the Criminal Code for failure to provide a breath sample, and impaired driving.   

The man was additionally charged provincially and served violation tickets for driving while suspended and having open liquor in his truck.   

His truck was seized for 60 days due to it being the second time he was charged with a suspended driving offence.