Ditched vehicle results in many charges for disqualified driver

A midnight vehicle breakdown and request for help has resulted in multiple charges being laid against a 46-year-old Stettler-area man.

A midnight vehicle breakdown and request for help has resulted in multiple charges being laid against a 46-year-old Stettler-area man.

Shortly past midnight on Dec. 16, Michael Seyer knocked on the door of a rural residence near Botha, explaining to the home owners that his vehicle had ended up in the ditch, and he’d like help getting the vehicle out if possible. The homeowners went and assisted Seyer in extricating the vehicle from the ditch, but grew concerned about his state of sobriety and chose to follow him afterwards, at a discreet distance.

According to Stettler detachment commander Sgt. Phil Penny, the couple observed speeding and swerving driving by Seyer. Eventually, the vehicle again became disabled, though Penny did not have the exact details as to how available by press time.

With his vehicle no longer working, Seyer exited the vehicle and began walking, which is when the police — phoned by the concerned Botha-area residents — arrived.

Police heard that when Seyer had come to the residence, he had a shotgun with him — though Penny said the firearm was never held or brandished in any threatening manner, a fact he couldn’t “emphasize enough.”

Seyer is facing a charge each of driving an unregistered vehicle, driving with no insurance, disqualified driving, dangerous driving, and breach of probation. He will appear in a Red Deer court today, Dec. 23.

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