EPS members called about collisions, impaired drivers and public health orders

The past week has been a busy one for members of the Estevan Police Service.

A traffic stop was made in central Estevan on April 1 that resulted in a 25-year-old Estevan man having his driver’s licence suspended for 21 days and his vehicle impounded for seven days as a result of a positive drug screening test.

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Police received two separate complaints April 2 in relation to dispute over property. One of the matters was resolved by mediation. The second matter is still under investigation with possible charges of break and enter to a residence and theft, or possession of property obtained by crime.

Members received three separate complaints in relation to individuals receiving a text saying they had a parcel waiting for them at the Canada-U.S. border. They were given contact information for the parcel. They did not contact anyone because they were not expecting a parcel. Police advise the public to be cautious of any form of unexpected solicitations. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

Officers received a report of three young males riding their bikes off a hill on the west end of the city and jumping them across the highway. The young men were spoken to by the police and educated as to the risks of getting hit by a vehicle.

Police received multiple complaints about individuals failing to wear their masks properly in local businesses. The police remind the public it is an offence under the provincial health order to fail to wear a mask in a public buildings and further that a business owner has the right to ask individuals to leave the property without allowing them to do any further business. Failing to leave the property after being asked to do so may result in additional charges.

Members received a complaint in relation to criminal harassment over the internet. The matter is under investigation.

Numerous traffic stops were made during the evening hours that resulted in two drivers having their licences suspended as well as their vehicles impounded for three days. One of the drivers is also facing an impaired driving charge as a result of a roadside oral swab and blood test for drugs.

Police received a report April 3 of criminal harassment. Statements have been taken from the witnesses in the matter. The matter is still under investigation.

Officers received a report of an individual failing to remain at the scene of an accident. Witnesses in the matter were interviewed and the matter is still under investigation with charges pending.

Members received a complaint April 4 of uttering threats. Statements have been obtained and the matter is still under investigation.

Police received a complaint in relation to a female believed to be intoxicated by drugs. Members attended to the local business where the female was located and she was subsequently arrested for being intoxicated in public and lodged in cells until sober enough to care of herself.

Officers received a report of a driver failing to remain at the scene of an accident. With the assistance of witnesses to the collision, the vehicle and driver were positively identified. The driver was charged under the Traffic Safety Act and will attend court in June to speak to the matter. The collision resulted in minor damage to each vehicle and no injuries were sustained.

While on patrol during the early evening hours, members located two recycle bins that had been struck by a vehicle and the contents of the bins were strewn about. No damage was done to the bins. The public is requested to please call the Estevan Police with any information regarding this mischief.

In the early morning hours of April 6, police were dispatched to a reported two-vehicle collision in southwest Estevan. The investigation determined that a driver failed to yield the right of way and struck a second vehicle in motion, causing significant damage to the driver’s side of that vehicle. Members were unable to gain access to the occupant of the second vehicle due to the condition of the vehicle after the collision, which resulted in Estevan Fire and Rescue being dispatched to use the Jaws of Life equipment to extricate the driver. The driver responsible for the collision was charged under the Traffic Safety Act and the occupant of the other vehicle was transported to hospital for assessment.

Police were called to a disturbance at a Hillside area residence. Police mediated the dispute and the parties were able to resolve matters for the evening.

Following an investigation into failing to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Order, an Estevan female was issued a summary offence ticket for failing to wear a mask properly. The fine for that offence under the health order is $2,800.

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