Disturbance, assault and uttering threats
Trinity Conception District RCMP answered 138 calls during the week of June 8-14. The following is a sample of investigations during that period, which highlights the nature of some calls received and identifies incidents the public can possibly help with by providing information.
• RCMP charged a 61-year-old Upper island Cove man for operating a vehicle while he was suspended from driving. Officers were aware the man had been suspended when they observed him driving the vehicle. They stopped the vehicle and confirmed the suspension. The driver was issued a notice to appear in court July 18, as he had been repeatedly driving while suspended.
•A 54-year-old Holyrood man was stopped and issued a traffic summons for passing on a solid line after RCMP received a complaint of a motorcycle speeding and passing on a solid line on Veterans Memorial Highway near Tilton.
• Police arrested a 26-year-old Spaniard’s Bay man after receiving a report the defendant was in a residence in that community, and was in breach of a court order. The accused was held for court. He has since been remanded into custody for sentencing, which was scheduled for June 20.
• In response to an animal cruelty complaint at a Bareneed residence, RCMP officers went to the residence and determined a young beagle was not living in proper conditions. The animal was seized and taken to a veterinarian to be assessed. There were plans to turn over the dog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which will investigate whether charges should be laid.
• RCMP stopped a vehicle in the Bay Roberts area after the driver displayed signs of impaired driving. A 30-year-old Makinsons man was given a seven-day suspension order after completing a roadside test and blowing a warning on the instrument.
• Police arrested a 24-year-old Upper Island Cove man after a traffic stop in Spaniard’s Bay. The accused, who was a passenger in the vehicle, had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court. He was also charged for breaching an undertaking. He was held for court.
• RCMP arrested an 18-year-old female at a Victoria residence after receiving a report of a disturbance. The female from Victoria was arrested and charged with assault, uttering threats, and mischief. Court is set for Aug. 15.
• RCMP are investigating a break and enter into a cabin on Old Track Road in Tilton. A 1,500-watt inverter was among the items taken from the cabin. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or their local police detachment.
Some helpful tips
This week’s tip is on impaired driving. Impaired driving continues to be problematic for police officers. Each week, Trinity Conception District receives complaints from concerned citizens, businesses, and tips relating to people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Each report is investigated and charges are laid whenever evidence is present.
We continue to have a zero tolerance for this behaviour.
Impaired driving is a leading cause of death in young people in motor vehicle accidents. Remember, it is not always the driver who is killed.
We may ask why people continue to drive, knowing the risk to themselves and other people. Simply put, alcohol and drugs affect the way the mind and body works. Judgment becomes poor and non-existent while using drugs. We need to change the behaviour or the risk before we begin to have “our good time.”
Here’s a simple tip: Plan ahead and arrange a ride. Be dropped off and picked up at your event. Bringing your own vehicle because you are not going to drink does not always work. Have you been in this situation? Did you ever drive to a social, have a couple of drinks and then realize you need the car to be home for work in the morning? When you can’t leave it; your judgment is impaired and you drive.
We only had a couple so we should be OK. You get stopped and guess what? You are over the provincial driving standard. A seven-day suspension is immediate. Insurance is affected, and so is the work you have to drive back and fourth to.
What to expect? The current penalties for driving while drinking include a provincial side and a Criminal Code side.
Provincial standards for driving are 50-80 milligrams of alcohol for experienced drivers and zero for novice drivers. You will receive an immediate seven-day suspension for a violation of these limits.
Criminal Code standards include a seven-day followed by a 90-day suspension for Criminal Code limit, which is 80 milligrams of alcohol and over. On top of the provincial suspension, the minimum Criminal Code suspension is one year prohibited from driving, a large fine and a criminal record. For each subsequent offence the fines and suspensions are increased. For a second offence there is a minimum of 14 days in jail. All alcohol offences affect your vehicle insurance.
Please don’t drink and drive.
Trinity Conception RCMP would like to remind members of the general public that they are encouraged to report any information regarding suspicious or criminal activity to their local police detachment. You can report your information in person, by phone or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477. You can go online at www. nlcrimestoppers. comor www.rocktips.ca. Crime stoppers NL is now on twitter and face book.
Const. John Clarke Community Policing and Drug
Awareness Officer Trinity Conception District RCMP