Estevan Police Service (EPS) personnel spent a busy week dealing with inebriated people, either in lounges, streets, homes or behind the steering wheels.
On April 24, EPS members stopped a 21-year-old driver in the central part of the city following a complaint registered by an observer. The man was arrested and charged for driving while suspended. His vehicle was seized and impounded. The man was also charged for being in possession of a controlled substance, marijuana. He now has a June 28 court date.
The smell of smoke coming from a business in the east central part of the city on April 24 required police attendance along with members of the Estevan Fire Rescue Services. The matter was resolved but the incident remains under investigation.
Police were next called to the west central part of the city in following up to a report that a man had been seen urinating in public. The subject was gone before police arrived and the matter remains under investigation.
During a night shift on April 26, EPS personnel were dispatched to the east central part of the city in response to a report of an intoxicated man walking around in the area. He was not found with the first check, but was later discovered as a result of a second call that referred to a man who fit the description given by the first caller. The subject was spotted sleeping on a residential deck in the south central part of the city. The man was arrested and charged with being intoxicated in public. He was lodged in cells until sober.
A 21-year-old man was arrested by police in the central part of the city on the night of April 26. The subject exited his vehicle and fled from police on foot. He was caught and arrested for impaired driving due to drugs and for being in possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, as well as for obstructing a police officer. The man now has a June 4 court date.
An unruly patron at a local lounge attracted police attention on the night of April 27. Police learned the man had been drinking which was in non-compliance with a court order to not drink or to attend bars. The Red Deer, Alta., male was therefore arrested and placed in cells until sober and was charged with being in breach of his probation order.
That same night, a 30-year-old Manitoba man was arrested for impaired driving and now has a June court date.
Another report of a suspected impaired driver took police to the east side of the city that same evening. Police located the vehicle in question but not until it had crashed into a parked truck. The driver had fled the scene prior to police arrival. Police were then called to a residence a short distance from the scene where it was noted that the intoxicated man had entered the home, probably in an attempt to elude police. The 22-year-old Coronach man was taken into custody and faces charges of impaired driving, fleeing the scene of an accident and trespassing. He has a June court date.
There were several complaints of fights breaking out at two local establishments on the night of April 27. As a result of police intervention, a 34-year-old Manitoba man was lodged in cells for fighting and on outstanding warrants.
On the night of April 28, police responded to a 911 call from a distraught woman seeking help. Police located the 26-year-old subject with the assistance of the 911 service and GPS tracking systems that took them to the city's industrial sector.
When police arrived, they learned that the woman's boyfriend had driven his vehicle into hers, disabling her car before fleeing the scene. Police managed to track the man down and arrested him for assault with a weapon, impaired driving, dangerous driving and breaching conditions of his probation. He has a court date slated for late May.
After dealing with a number of noise complaints in the residential areas of the city that same night, police were then called to the central part of the city in response to a report of unwanted guests in a residence. Police attended the home and removed the people in question but were then called back to the same place when a few of the unwanted people returned, broke into the residence and stole a firearm before departing in a vehicle.
EPS members located the vehicle and due to the nature of the situation and circumstances, were required to undertake a high risk vehicle stop. The occupants of the vehicle were arrested and the driver was charged with impaired driving and possession of a controlled substance but no firearm was located in the vehicle. A subsequent search of the area turned up the firearm a short distance from the residence where it had been taken. The entire incident remains under investigation.
On the night of April 29, EPS members dealt with several domestic disputes and all were resolved through mediation.
Police and Fire Rescue Services responded to a vehicle fire on Kensington Avenue on the night of April 29. A semi-unit was fully engulfed in flames when the firefighting personnel arrived. The flames were rapidly put under control with no damages inflicted on nearby structures. The vehicle though, was destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Police also attended to the Cactus Park area on the south side of the city in response to a noise complaint. When they arrived, they learned that one of the buildings near the baseball diamonds had been entered and a fire had been set. Estevan Fire Rescue Services were called to the scene and brought the fire under control. Some damage had been inflicted on the building and the matter remains under investigation.