Stettler, Camrose, Bashaw detachments negotiate with impaired driver

Members from the Stettler, Camrose and Bashaw RCMP detachments converged on the Donalda area during the early morning hours of March 20.

Members from the Stettler, Camrose and Bashaw RCMP detachments converged on the Donalda area during the early morning hours of March 20 after receiving a report about an alleged serious domestic assault.

“The suspect, a 28-year-old male from Blackfalds, fled the scene and was intercepted by members on Highway 53,” Stettler RCMP Cpl. Ryan Koehli reported.

The man had a small child in the car and was obviously impaired, Koehli said, and threatened to flee the locked vehicle after stopped by police. Police managed to negotiate with the suspect, and he surrendered a short time later to police. The child was turned over to waiting family, unharmed.

The accused faces charges of public mischief, obstructing a peace officer and refusing to provide a breath sample. No domestic assault, however, had occurred, Koehli reported.

Other RCMP matters…

Calls to police around 9 p.m. on March 18 about a truck with an unresponsive driver inside had police and EMS heading to Big Valley to take a look. However, the driver fled the scene before the RCMP were on site, and the vehicle was not located.

On March 22 at 1 a.m., a call about an assault at a “local lounge” on Highway 12 had police attend the location, but the suspect had fled the scene on foot.

After running through residential neighbourhoods in the area, the alleged suspect was found by police. The 20-year-old Stettler man was found to be in breach of curfew and conditions from a previous incident. The accused was charged with three counts of failing to comply with conditions of recognizance, and released to appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Stettler on May 12.

Busy but routine week for police: Cpl.

While the week was busy for the detachment, members were kept busy with day-to-day policing work and nothing exceptionally unique or noteworthy, Koehli said.

“The detachment continues to receive reports of suspicious vehicles and persons, especially in the rural area and the RCMP encourages people to continue to report these matters which are investigated and attended,” he said. “People also have the option of utilizing Crime Stoppers, which is an anonymous method of reported suspected drug houses and other serious crime.”

If you have information about the above crimes, or any others, phone Stettler RCMP at 403-742-3382, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-22-TIPS (8477).