Red Deer RCMP arrest impaired driver after collision Wednesday
Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested a man for impaired driving yesterday afternoon after the black Chrysler sedan he was driving crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a white Subaru SUV near the intersection of Gaetz Avenue and Highway 11A.
RCMP were called to the collision scene at 4:35 pm Wednesday in response to several 911 calls from citizens. When police arrived, the suspect driver was being detained by citizens who witnessed the collision. RCMP took him into custody and Red Deer Emergency Services attended to check the suspect and victim for injuries; fortunately, no one was injured in the collision. Red Deer RCMP thank those involved citizens for their assistance at the time of collision and for their continuing cooperation while police investigated the incident.
A 43 year old man faces charges of impaired driving, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Red Deer RCMP will issue an update with more information once those charges are sworn before the courts.
The warmer weather brings with it an increased focus by Red Deer RCMP on impaired driving. Over the weekend of May 4 through 6, Red Deer RCMP charged six impaired drivers, issued one 24 hour roadside suspension, and issued a second roadside suspension to the holder of a Graduated Driver’s License, who is prohibited from consuming any amount of alcohol before driving. The arrests were made through roving check stops and patrols by the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit.
During these impaired checks, RCMP also laid a charge of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and charged a speeder for driving 102 km/ hour in a 50 km zone, which resulted in a mandatory court appearance for that driver.
Red Deer RCMP will continue their focus on getting impaired drivers off the roads throughout the spring and summer, with roving check stops and patrols in marked and unmarked police vehicles. In our commitment to getting impaired drivers off the road, RCMP assign extra officers to target impaired drivers at peak times such as long weekends. Our message is clear: make the right choice, because if you drive impaired, you’re going to get caught.
Red Deer RCMP thank the community for continuing to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 when it’s safe to do so with a license plate, a description of the vehicle and the driver, and the direction of travel.
Police investigating how shooter got firearm after autopsy and balistic analysis
News release from the Edmonton Police Service
Autopsy on shooter, ballistic analysis complete in line of duty deaths
An autopsy on the shooter and ballistic analysis of the firearm have been completed in the Mar. 16, 2023 EPS line of duty deaths.
The Edmonton Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on Mar. 22, 2023, and confirmed that the 16-year-old male shooter’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head consistent with being self-inflicted.
“We recognize that there is intense public interest in this investigation,” says EPS Deputy Chief Devin Laforce. “At this time, our priorities need to be the integrity of ongoing investigations, including the origin of the firearm, as well as the safety and privacy of all the families affected by this tragedy. For these reasons, we are not releasing or confirming the name of the deceased.”
A bullet casing recovered from the scene of a Mar. 12, 2023 shooting at a nearby restaurant in the area of 133 Street and 114 Avenue has been forensically matched to the firearm that was recovered at the 132 Street and 114 Avenue apartment, where Constable Brett Ryan and Constable Travis Jordan were fatally shot on Mar. 16, 2023.
Investigators believe the suspect in the Mar. 12 shooting to be the same 16-year-old male responsible for the deaths of the two EPS members, although this has yet to be confirmed. Detectives are also working to trace the origins of the firearm and how it came to be in the youth’s possession.
At this time, investigators continue to believe that the youth’s parents, police dispatch and Constables Ryan and Jordan had no information to suggest there was a firearm in the home when the family dispute call for service was made on Mar. 16.
“Both events have been served by robust investigations that have followed all lines of inquiry,” says Deputy Chief Devin Laforce. “All tips and other investigative avenues were pursued exhaustively by the investigating teams.”
The male shot on Mar. 12 in the restaurant remains in hospital in critical but stable condition, and the youth’s mother who was shot on Mar. 16 remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.
Search of four Edmonton homes results in Cocaine and Meth bust
News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
Cocaine seized after four Edmonton homes searched
More than two kilograms of cocaine, cash, and four vehicles have been seized following an ALERT Edmonton investigation into cocaine trafficking.
The investigation began in October 2022. Police were able to identify four homes and four vehicles linked to the drug trafficking operation.
“Through the course of this five-month investigation, officers were able to identify several suspects, and seized several pieces of equipment which were being used to produce large, commercial-sized quantities of product. This tells us that this was a much bigger, sophisticated operation,” said Sgt. Jeff Woodliffe, ALERT Edmonton.
On February 23, 2023, police searched four homes and seized the following items as evidence:
- 2.6 kgs of cocaine;
- 28 grams of methamphetamine;
- 10 kgs of a cocaine buffing agent; and
- $11,000 in cash.
The investigation remains ongoing as investigators prepare reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.
The Edmonton Police Service assisted throughout the investigation.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.
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