STATS: October 23 to November 5, 2021
Break and Enter - 1
Theft of Motor Vehicle – 3
Possession of Stolen Property obtained by Crime Over $5000.00 – 0
Possession of Stolen Property obtained by Crime Under $5000.00 – 0
Theft Under $5000.00 from Motor Vehicle – 3
Other Theft Under $5000 – 4
Other Theft Over $5000 – 0
Mischief – 3
Enrollments in the CAPTURE Program – 76
Police File 20211637124
On October 31, 2021 at about 1:10am, an Alberta Sheriff working an Enhanced Road Safety shift in Chestermere observed a Ford sedan travelling at 102km/h on Chestermere Blvd. The vehicle was stopped by the Sheriff who made the Mandatory Alcohol Screening (MAS) demand for a roadside breath sample. The driver complied and when they submitted to the breath test the device registered a fail. The driver was then arrested for impaired driving and when the Sheriff went to formalize the arrest the driver, a 43 year-old Calgary resident resisted arrest and the Sheriff required the assistance of the on duty RCMP officer to effect the arrest.
The male was released after being issued Immediate Roadside Suspension documents and the appropriate violation tickets for the speeding offence. Sgt. Stubbs commented about this event, “Two lessons were hopefully learned through this encounter, one: every traffic stop and investigation is a high risk scenario as the officer knows nothing about the occupant of the vehicle prior to engaging with them. Two: officers doing dedicated road safety shifts are helping removed impaired drivers from Chestermere roads and streets in an effort to keep everyone safe."
Officers working in Chestermere have dealt with 52 Impaired drivers to date that have resulted in charges and driving suspensions.
Police File 20211619416
On October 28, 2021, in the early morning hours around 4:10am, a Chestermere RCMP officer was conducting routine patrols of the community when they observed a motor vehicle driving from Chestermere Blvd. onto Highway 1 with no rear lights. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and initially, the driver pulled over, but as the officer was getting out of the patrol vehicle, the motor vehicle, a Volkswagen Sedan raced away towards Calgary. The sedan was making unsafe passing of other vehicles and the RCMP officer did not engage in a pursuit in the interest of public safety. Using the in-car video recording the officer was able to identify the vehicle and violation tickets were sent to the registered owner, a 37 year-old Calgary resident.
“People think they can get away with offences by running from the police, but through captured video evidence and follow investigation, the officer was able to properly charge the owner of the car and do so without putting any members of the community at risk. You may think you can run but you can’t hide,” said Sgt. Stubbs about this incident.
Police File 20211594286
On October 23, 2021 at about 3:30am a Chestermere RCMP officer was in the business area of Chestermere when they observed a black SUV motor vehicle in John Peake Park parking lot which was in violation of the bylaw to not be in the park after 12 midnight. As the officer approached the vehicle they could smell the odour of freshly burned marihuana. The driver of the vehicle, a 22 year-old Calgary resident and their passenger both admitted to smoking marihuana in the vehicle. The driver was issued a 24 hour driving suspension under the Provincial Immediate Roadside Suspension program for being intoxicated by a drug.
“Members of the public have forgotten that although marihuana/cannabis is legal it is still controlled. Smoking marihuana in a vehicle is the same as drinking alcohol in a vehicle and punishments range from ticketing to vehicle seizure and potential criminal charges for impaired driving.” Sgt. Stubbs commented.
Reminder: RCMP Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Monday November 15 at 7:00pm, to register and learn more visit: https://www.chestermere.ca/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1275