Dis­tur­bance, as­sault and ut­ter­ing threats

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

June 8

• 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.

June 9

•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.

June 10

• 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.

June 11

• 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.

June 12

• 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.

June 14

• 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.

Re­port­ing crime

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

709-786-2118

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