On June 9th, 2020 near Caribou Trail and the Legacy Center, a Peace Officer observed an individual on a dirt bike driving on the roadway without displaying a license plate. That officer activated his emergency lights in an attempt to pull over the dirt bike. The operator of the bike decided to flee from the Officer at a high rate of speed through a field near the airport. It was at this point the officer turned off his emergency lights and disengaged any attempt to pull the bike over. The operator who could still be seen by the Officer was driving through the wet field where he drove the bike through water and stalled it. The Officer drove towards the stalled dirt bike and began his investigation. EMS services were offered to the operator however it was denied. As a result of the incident, the Officer seized the dirt bike on scene and charged the operator for:
Count 1- Failing to stop off highway vehicle for a Peace Officer;
Count 2: Operate uninsured off highway vehicle on a highway;
Count 3: Operate unregistered off highway vehicle on a highway;
The accused is scheduled to appear in court in September. Peace Officers have noticed a significant increase in unsafe and dangerous off highway vehicle use within the town limits and would like to remind the public that any such use in prohibited under Provincial law.
On June 2nd, 2020 a Peace Officer conducting a routine perimeter check of the MRC noticed a suspicious female walking around the curling rink. The Officer turned his unit around in the MRC parking lot to make contact with the suspicious female who was later found sitting on the steps of the curling rink. The Officer who began talking with the female recognized her from a previous attempt break and enter a few years prior. The Officer decided to conduct a warrant check on the individual and found she had Criminal Code warrants for her arrest out of the Hinton Detachment. The female was turned over to the Slave Lake RCMP.
On June 4th, 2020 a Peace Officer conducting speed enforcement on highway 88 near the train tracks observed a black SUV traveling at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. The Officer activated his radar device and found the vehicle travelling at 111 km/hr in a 60 km/hr zone. The Officer exercised his discretion and did not require the driver to appear before a judge however the operator was subsequently charged for operating a motor vehicle at 50 km over the posted speed limit and was fined 495 dollars.
As the Slave Lake region enters its road construction season as part of the Alberta Traffic Safety Calendar, it is critical to obey posted speed limits.