Submitted by RCMP
The following is a summary of police activity in the Central Plains Area (Portage la Prairie, Treherne, Amaranth and the surrounding Rural Municipalities). The reporting dates are between 2018-12-31 and 2019-01-06. During this time period police responded to 270 calls for service.
102 Traffic Offences (Highway Traffic Act); 8 vehicle collisions, 4 impaired drivers, 22 provincial statutes (Mental Health Act, Child Welfare Act, Coroner’s Act, 911 Act, etc.).
Crimes against person
12 assaults; 0 assaults with a weapon, 1 uttering threats
Crimes against property
14 Thefts; 5 Theft of Motor Vehicle, 7 Break and Enters, 5 Mischief
33 other criminal investigations and 57 other police activities (false alarms, suspicious person/vehicle, assistance given, etc.).
Dec. 31 — 43 calls for service
There was nothing of significance to report on this date.
Jan. 1 — 46 calls for service
A motorist was observed travelling at 144 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy. 1 near Portage la Prairie. The 25-year-old male driver from Regina, Saskatchewan was issued a $626. fine.
Jan. 2 — 55 calls for service
Suspected impaired driver
Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call of a suspected impaired driver on Highway #1 heading west towards Portage la Prairie. At approximately 10:30 p.m., RCMP pulled a vehicle over matching the description of the possible impaired driver. Officers observed open liquor inside the vehicle. The driver was asked to provide a breath sample on a Road Side Screening Device. The driver refused to provide such samples and was charged for; Refuse to Provide Breath Sample and Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The driver was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act for having Open Liquor in the Vehicle. The driver was held to appear in court the next day and his vehicle was impounded for 60 days.
Kinosota man receives ‘Serious Offence Notice’ for speeding
A motorist was observed travelling at 125 km/h in a 70 km/h zone on Hwy 50 near Amaranth. The 45-year-old male driver from Kinosota, Manitoba was issued a fine in the amount of $770. The driver also received a Serious Offence Notice and must contact MPI within five days to explain the reason for this offence or he may have his licence suspended.
Jan. 3 — 28 calls for service
Speeding American driver fined
A motorist was observed travelling at 138 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy. 2 near St. Claude. The 68-year-old male driver from Florida, USA was issued a fine in the amount of $548.
Security footage leads to arrest of shoplifter
Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call of a shoplifting that occurred at a business on the 300 block of Saskatchewan Ave. E. Available video allowed police to identify a suspect leading to the arrest of a 20-year-old Long Plain First Nation man who has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000. The alleged shoplifter was temporarily held in custody and later released to appear in court.
Jan. 4 — 35 calls for service
Brandon woman receives ‘Serious Offence Notice’ for speeding
A motorist was observed travelling at 166 km/h in a 110 km/h zone on Hwy 1 near Bagot. The 22-year-old female driver from Brandon, Manitoba was issued a fine in the amount of $783. The driver also received a Serious Offence Notice and must contact MPI within five days to explain the reason for this offence or she may have his licence suspended.
Jan. 5 — 37 calls for service
Police charge impaired driver
Shortly after 2 a.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP conducted a traffic stop at the corner of 6 Ave. and Tupper St. after observing erratic driving. The officer could see that there was only one person in the vehicle and that the driver moved over to the passenger seat from the driver’s seat. Upon contact with the 23-year-old male driver from Portage la Prairie, it was determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was taken to the Portage la Prairie RCMP detachment where he provided two breath samples well over the legal limit. The driver was released on documents to appear in court at a later date. The driver’s vehicle was also towed and impounded for 30 days.
Jan. 6 — 26 calls for service
Treherne police charge impaired driver
Just before 11 p.m., Treherne RCMP were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle in Treherne. The suspect vehicle was located the officer conducted a traffic stop. The 29-year-old male driver had signs of impairment and was asked to provide a breath sample on a Road Side Screening Device. The driver refused to provide a breath sample. The driver was arrested and charged for Refuse to Provide Breath Sample and Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The driver was held in custody to appear in court the following day. The driver’s vehicle was also impounded for 60 days for refusing to provide a breath sample.
Blood Demand leads to Portage pot smoker being charged as impaired
At 11 p.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP were making patrols in and around Island Park and located a 47-year-old male from Portage la Prairie parked with the car windows down. The officer approached the vehicle and could smell the strong odor of cannabis. The driver stepped out of his vehicle with a lit cannabis cigarette. The driver was read the Blood Demand and the driver was taken to a health care facility where blood samples were taken. The driver was arrested for impaired care and control of a vehicle by drug and released to appear in court at a later date.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text “TIPMAN” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by visiting www.manitobacrimestoppers.com. Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.
Prepared by Cst. Larry Neufeld – Portage la Prairie RCMP Media Liaison Officer