Police Report

August 8 – August 14

The following are some of the files that were opened with the Winkler Police Service during this time period.

August 9

A pickup truck was stolen from a business on Cargill Road during the previous night. The truck was later found abandoned on the highway at Rosenfeld. No suspects at this time.

August 10

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. police received a call from an employee of a business near the intersection of Boundary Trail and Main Street reporting a male who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drug. The male also entered the business and stated that he had a knife. Police attended and located the male walking nearby carrying a watermelon with a butter knife stuck in it. Police located a glass drug pipe and a small bag of Methamphetamine on his person. The male was showing strong signs of being under the influence of Methamphetamine and therefore was held in custody until morning at which time he was released from custody with a charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.

At about 8:20 p.m. an officer attempted to stop a black Pontiac on Road 25 just west of Winkler. The vehicle began to swerve left and right on the roadway to cause excessive dust and sped away from police. The officer had already identified the driver of the vehicle and subsequently aborted the pursuit for safety reasons. A warrant has been issued for the driver.

August 11

Police received a report of an assault that took place the previous day. A 15 year old youth reported he had crossed the intersection at South Railway and Main Street on his bicycle without pressing the button to activate the crosswalk lights. The youth observed a vehicle approaching from the north but felt like he had plenty of time to cross the street. After the youth safely crossed the street, a male passenger from that vehicle yelled at the youth for not pressing the button. The youth continued riding his bicycle westbound on Mountain Avenue and at 6th Street a male from the vehicle ran up behind the youth and pulled him off his bicycle with his arm around the youth’s neck. The male was angry with the youth for not pressing the crosswalk button. The youth indicated that he was not injured. The youth did not know the male and was unable to obtain a license plate number from the vehicle. Police continue to investigate.

August 12

At about 2:40 p.m. police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Crystal Crescent. Police arrived and after a brief investigation arrested a 32 year old male for assault on his partner. He was released on an Undertaking with conditions and a court date of October 25th.

At 11:45 p.m. officers stopped a vehicle on Grandeur Avenue. The driver provided a breath sample on a roadside screening device which registered a “Fail” reading. The 20 year old male driver was issued an Immediate Roadside Prohibition which carries a $700 fine, 90 day license suspension and a 30 day vehicle impound. A $237 ticket for carrying liquor in a vehicle was also issued to the driver.

August 14

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. officers received a call about a loud party outside of a residence on 6th Street South. Police spoke to the homeowner who agreed to keep the noise down.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven erratically along Main Street. The driver was found to be extremely intoxicated and was arrested for impaired driving. The 45 year old female failed to provided breath samples and was therefore charged with refusing to do so.

The Harvest Festival was mostly quiet for police and generated an average number of calls for service compared to other years, most of which related to intoxicated persons or persons carrying open liquor at the festival grounds. Shortly after midnight on Sunday morning, a report was received that someone had forced entry into the Meridian Exhibition Centre likely between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Police searched the building but there were no unauthorized persons inside. There was minor damage to the entrance doors but no immediate indication that anything was missing.

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