Police warn against off highway vehicle driving – RCMP report

  • Apr. 27, 2011 11:00 a.m.

CPL. TERRY BEST/Stettler RCMP

On April 19, an investigation against a 41-year-old Stettler area male resulted in charges of criminal harassment and breach of recognizance after contacting a young person contrary to his release conditions made earlier in the day. The male who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the young person was remanded in custody to speak to bail in Red Deer on April 26. The outcome of his hearing was not available.

Later on April 19, police investigated an incident at a residence in Botha area. A 48-year-old male is facing assault charges and is scheduled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on April 28 to speak to the charges.

On April 20, a resident from the Spruce Drive area reported four youths near his residence acting suspicious. When the resident arrived home they fled from the area.

On April 22, a pair of ceramic lawn ornaments were turned into police. They will be turned over to the rightful owner upon identification.

In the late afternoon of April 23, police responded to a disturbance at a local business in the 6000 block of 50 Avenue.

A 23-year-old male from Stettler is facing an impaired driving charge following an investigation in the early morning hours of April 24. He is scheduled to appear in Stettler Provincial Court on May 12.

Several complaints were received about people driving off highway vehicles within the town limits. Off highway vehicles include dirt bikes which aren’t registered, quads or snowmobiles. There are no provisions for operating these types of vehicle within the town. Some other municipalities have provisions to use the shortest route for them to get to the outskirts but such isn’t the case in Stettler. Persons apprehended are liable to have their machines seized and being fined. The fine for operating an off highway vehicle in town is $230.00 and drivers may be liable for other fines as well. Off highway vehicles are required to be trailered out of town before they can be driven. The can be operated on crown land when they are registered and properly insured and on private property with the permission of the land owner.

During the week police also responded to three false alarms, two fail to remain collisions, a number of family disputes and three collisions.