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Roadblock runner faces charges — RCMP

Lone Sheep Publishing
By Lone Sheep Publishing
April 17th, 2023

On April 11, 2023 at 6:20 PM, Grand Forks RCMP received a report that a vehicle ran a roadblock set up by highway crews on Highway 3, just east of Christina Lake due to the road closure caused from last weeks’ landslide.

The driver ignored requests to stop and drove around the debris and highway crew personnel.

Officers began their investigation and were able to quickly identify the driver. A 64-year-old man from Christina Lake was arrested at his residence for Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and later released for a court date at the end of June 2023. This matter is still under investigation.

“While we can sympathize with all the motorists and travellers who were impacted by this road closure caused by the landslide, there is simply just no excuse to risk your safety and put others in harms way,” said Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler. 

“Highway crew members face various risks and dangers and we are just very happy that no one was hurt in this matter.”

Police take impaired driver trio off road during 24-hour period

April 15, 2023 just after midnight

Officers on patrol observed a vehicle spinning its tires, making screeching sounds and then departing quickly from a business on the 1500 block of Central Avenue in Grand Forks.

Officers caught up to the vehicle which was noted to be swerving and having difficulty staying in its lane. Officers approached the driver who displayed signs of impairment. The driver, a 19-year-old man from the 100 Mile House area provided samples of his breath and was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP).

In addition to losing his license for three days, the driver also had his vehicle impounded. The driver was also charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for Driving Without Due Care as well as Drive Contrary to Restrictions.

April 15, 2023 at 9:30 p.m.

Officers stopped a vehicle in the downtown core. In speaking with the driver, officers entered into an impaired driving investigation and had the driver, a 41-year-old man from Princeton provide samples of breath. The result was another 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition, as well as having his vehicle impounded. The man was also given a violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act for having open liquor in his vehicle.

After midnight on April 16, 2023

The third impaired investigation was just after  when officers noted a vehicle was swaying back and forth inside its lane.

The vehicle was stopped on Highway 3 at 25th Street. Officers spoke with the driver, a 45-year-old man from Grand Forks and once again began their impaired driving investigation.

The man provided samples of his breath roadside resulting in yet another 3-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and vehicle impoundment.

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