Friday October 31, 2014

A weekend of intoxicated people versus police in Energy City

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Public intoxication was the felony-of-the-day special for the Estevan Police Service on the night of July 13.

Four people were arrested and lodged in cells for a variety of incidents beginning with one person who was found passed out on a residential lawn on the north side of the city. He was charged for being intoxicated in public and lodged in cells overnight and now has a court date.

Another man was arrested for public intoxication following a disturbance at a local lounge. He too, was lodged in cells.

The third person, a 22-year-old female, was arrested for being intoxicated in public following a nightclub disturbance. She too has a court date arranged after spending time in cells.

A fourth person was arrested on a number of outstanding warrants issued by Regina and Weyburn Police Services. He was detained in custody pending a court appearance July 17.

Two men engaged in a disagreement were the subject of EPS intervention later that same night. One man was assaulted and had his vehicle damaged by the other. Charges of assault and mischief are pending.

EPS members were called to the Estevan Shoppers Mall on the evening of July 13 in response to a call regarding a suspicious person in the area. Police made contact with the person in question and it was determined that there was no issue or problem and the matter was concluded.

The sound of a screaming female created another call to police on the night of July 13. The caller suggested the noise had been coming from a neighbourhood park, but following an extensive search in the area, police were unable to turn up anyone or anything they deemed suspicious. The matter was left as an open issue, rather than having it referred to as a concluded matter.

Two men had their driver's licences suspended for 24 hours following traffic stops and roadside breath screenings. One of the drivers had already been under a driving suspension so was charged accordingly and it was noted that the vehicle he was operating was unregistered, so this charge was added to his list.

On the night of July 14, three people were arrested and charged for impaired driving and driving while their blood-alcohol levels were over .08 per cent.

The first subject, a 46-year-old man, was arrested after police stopped his vehicle due to erratic driving actions. He now has an Aug. 27 court date.

The second man, a 42-year-old, was also stopped due to his erratic driving actions. He too, has an Aug. 27 court date.

The third subject was arrested and charged following a motor vehicle accident. He had been travelling north on Souris Avenue near Sixth Street when he left the road and continued north before striking the railway tracks and equipment. The man's vehicle was extensively damaged. He also has an Aug. 27 court date scheduled.

EPS members next talked to a man who was seen supposedly acting in a suspicious manner around the Estevan Curling Club on the night of July 14. He was spoken to and no further action was required.

Police next received a call regarding another possible impaired driver, but after intercepting the vehicle in question and interviewing the driver, they determined that he was sober, but he was warned about his driving actions and sent on his way.

An elderly couple were provided with some police assistance when police noted a vehicle being driven in an erratic fashion as it entered the city. Police discovered that one of the subjects in the vehicle was suffering from a medical condition or illness, so they were escorted to St. Joseph's Hospital where they could receive proper care.

On the night of July 14, police arrested a 17-year-old youth and charged him with being in breach of court-ordered undertakings. The youth had been located out of his residence in contravention of the order and he had also been consuming alcohol which was also against the court order. Due to his criminal background, police remanded the young man into custody until a court appearance on July 16.

An altercation at a local convenience store required police attention on the night of July 14. Several people were involved in the fracas which ended when police arrived.

A disturbance at a local lounge was next on the police agenda on July 14. The issue had erupted over an unpaid tab which was subsequently paid under police urging and the matter was seen to be resolved.

EPS members reported that they issued several alcohol and traffic related tickets during several traffic stops that were conducted throughout the evening and early morning hours.

On July 15, police continued to deal with impaired drivers and in fact, the trend continued well into the  evening. As a result of their traffic monitoring, two more people were facing charges for impaired driving and driving while over .08. In both instances police received a call through the Report Impaired Driver (RID) Program and in both cases the suspects were located, stopped, arrested and charged with both now having Aug. 27 court dates.

A home owner and host of a party was warned about the actions of his guests when police were required to respond to a false 911 call on the evening of July 15. It was believed that someone attending the residence dialled the emergency number supposedly as a joke as they were leaving the home.

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