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GPS tracking helps Bonnyville RCMP locate stolen vehicle

RCMP REPORT: Investigations between Jan. 7 – 14 resulted in locating a stolen vehicle and the seizure of a home-made sword. 
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BONNYVILLE – Bonnyville RCMP members were able to locate a vehicle that had been reported stolen with the assistance of GPS tracking.  

At 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 7, St. Paul Police Dog Services tipped off Bonnyville RCMP that a stolen vehicle was coming their direction, according to a statement released by police. 

“GPS tracking was available, and the members quickly located the vehicle in Kehewin where the driver attempted to run away on foot and threw the vehicle keys,” the report states.  

A 35-year-old woman from Saddle Lake was arrested and charged for impaired driving and possession of stolen property in connection to the investigation.  

The woman also faces charges of driving while prohibited and resisting arrest. She is set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Feb. 22. 

Impaired driving, home-made sword

Following a traffic stop on Jan. 11, Bonnyville RCMP laid charges against a 45-year-old driver, which included impaired driving, possession of a weapon and obstruction. 

At 10:20 p.m., RCMP members conducted a traffic stop with a vehicle on 66 St.   

During the stop, a Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) test was requested by RCMP. 

Police allege the driver lied about his identity, but RCMP members were able to accurately identify the driver through an investigation.   

The male driver was arrested for obstruction and following a search of the vehicle, a homemade sword was reportedly located by police.  

The 45-year-old male from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement faces the following Criminal Code offences: Operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, obstructing a police officer, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to provide a breath sample. 

The man has also been served a Provincial Sanctions for driving while impaired. 

He was brought before a Justice of the Peace who released him on a promise to pay and is set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Feb. 15. 

Suspended driving 

During an afternoon patrol of 50th Ave. on Jan. 10, an RCMP member noted a vehicle with a licence plate that had expired registration. 

According to RCMP, the driver admitted he was a suspended driver during the roadside stop that occurred around noon.  

The driver had previously been charged under Provincial Sanctions roughly one month prior. 

He was issued a summons for driving while suspended and is set to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Feb. 15. 

Impaired driving and outstanding warrants 

On Jan. 13, a 20-year-old man from Bonnyville was issued Provincial Sanctions for impaired driving and the vehicle he was operating was seized.   

Bonnyville RCMP were on patrol on 49 Ave. in Bonnyville around 1:30 a.m. when they initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle. 

The driver was deemed to have a suspended licence, according to RCMP. “A Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) demand was made resulting in the driver providing a failed sample.”  

The driver faces charges of driving while unauthorized and driving an uninsured vehicle.   

During the traffic stop, a 29-year-old male passenger from Frog Lake was found to be on warrants.  He also allegedly lied about his identity to police. 

The 29-year-old was arrested and charged with obstruction. He was brought before a Justice of the Peace who released him with no conditions to appear in Bonnyville Provincial Court on Feb. 15.   

A second passenger, a 21-year-old female from Frog Lake was also found to be on warrants. She was arrested on those warrants and released to appear in Cold Lake Provincial Court on Feb. 9 in relation to those matters.   

She was not charged with anything relating to the traffic stop carried out on Jan.13.