Man loses licence after backing into hydro pole

A Stettler man has lost his licence after backing into a hydro pole and being found to be “well over” the legal limit

A Stettler man has lost his licence after backing into a hydro pole and being found to be “well over” the legal limit, according to RCMP Const. Bill Lewadniuk.

On Saturday, June 14, police on patrol discovered the trailer, backed into the pole, and driver who was sitting nearby on the grass. Witnesses to the incident said the man had been backing up when he backed the trailer into the pole.

The driver was cooperative and provided breath samples, both which blew about twice over the legal limit.

Stettler RCMP are also looking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for a break and enter into Bill’s Farm Supply.

Sometime in the overnight hours of June 10-11, a person or persons broke into the store and stole tools.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or, if wishing anonymity, to contact Crime Stoppers.

On June 13, police pulled over a Stettler man or a tail light infraction and found marijuana in the vehicle. It turned out the driver was on an undertaking and the possession of the drug was violating the conditions, earning him a trip back to jail.

Want to report a traffic complaint? Here’s how:

Have you ever narrowly avoided a traffic collision thanks to a dangerous maneuver by another driver? Watched someone driving in a way that puts other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in danger? Suspected you were following an impaired driver?

The RCMP want to hear about these incidents, and reporting them effectively gives police the tools to act on your report.

RCMP need three pieces of information before they can follow up with traffic complaints:

-License plate of the vehicle (partial plates can be useful when combined with 2 and 3)

-Description of the vehicle and driver

-A written statement from the witness

“If we can’t identify a vehicle, it’s difficult to successfully locate it,” says Corporal Matt LaBelle of Red Deer RCMP Traffic Services in a provincial media release. “A license plate is crucial, and so is a description of the vehicle. With that information, we can locate the registered owner and take the complaint from there.”

Another key element to a traffic complaint is a written statement – from you. “If RCMP didn’t witness the incident, we have to rely on witness statements in order to proceed with the investigation and the potential laying of charges,” said LaBelle. “We can’t lay charges without a sworn statement from a witness.”

Traffic complaints should be reported to the Stettler RCMP complaint line at 403-742-3381. In the case of a suspected impaired driver who is still behind the wheel, police ask callers to phone 911 with a license plate, description of vehicle, location where it was seen and the vehicle’s direction of travel.


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