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Slave Lake RCMP Weekly Update – November 20 to November 27, 2019
Slave Lake, AB – During the week of November 20-27, 2019 the Slave Lake RCMP received eighty-eight (88) calls to service. Of these calls, collisions, reports of mischief and 911 hang-ups were the most prevalent. The following is a sample of some of these calls:
November 17th, 2019 - Wanted Person Arrested
While patrolling town members conducted a traffic stop with a passenger car. The driver was found to be wanted for an armed robbery in Peace River while the passenger was wanted in Desmarais for impaired driving. Both were arrested and taken before a Justice of the Peace for a bail hearing.
November 19th, 2019 - Theft Under $5000
The RCMP received a report of a theft of hair spray from a local retailer. The suspect was soon identified, located and arrested. The suspect was bound by several court ordered conditions at the time and was found in breach of those conditions. The suspect was charged with thefts and failure to comply with conditions, taken before a Justice of the Peace and released from custody.
November 23rd, 2019 - Impaired Operation
While patrolling around town, members spotted a vehicle with no tail lights and initiated a traffic stop. Signs of impairment were noted and the driver failed a mandatory alcohol screening test. Subsequent breath samples indicated a blood alcohol reading over twice the legal limit. The driver has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
November 24th, 2019 - Roadside SuspensionsWhile on patrol, members stopped a vehicle on 3rd Street SW. The driver was subjected to mandatory alcohol screening which indicated a presence of alcohol. Given the driver possessed a Graduated Driver’s Licence, they received a 30-day licence suspension and a 7-day vehicle seizure. In Alberta, GDL drivers cannot have any amount of alcohol in their system when driving.
During the week, that Slave Lake Detachment received 19 reports of vagrancy. This included individuals loitering in stairwells, bank vestibules and businesses in various states of sobriety. Several were arrested for public intoxication and housed in jail for their own safety while other were cooperative and moved along. With the weather turning cold, vagrancy is becoming more prevalent. The MAT Program is now operating which should reduce instances of vagrancy.