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Curb The Danger Stories

The Edmonton Police Service shares select Curb the Danger calls over our Facebook and Twitter accounts. The following are calls from 2016...

Christmas 2016

On Christmas Day, EPS received a Curb the Danger call from a citizen whose vehicle had just been involved in a hit and run. The citizen believed the driver who had hit him to be impaired, as he had witnessed the vehicle make unusual stops in the middle of the road.

EPS officers responded and located the vehicle. As officers were preparing to exit their vehicle, the suspect’s vehicle rolled backwards and hit the marked police car. The driver attempted to exit his vehicle after hitting the police car, but he had difficulty doing so. Officers approached the driver to assist him out of his vehicle and noted obvious signs of impairment, subsequently placing the driver under arrest for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Posted December 15

A recent Curb the Danger incident was a driver impaired by drugs who was driving a stolen vehicle.

The citizen who called 911 had witnessed the vehicle drive erratically. When police officers located the vehicle, they observed obvious signs of impairment and arrested the driver for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Further investigations found the vehicle had been stolen and the driver had provincial and criminal driving suspensions, along with firearm and ammunition prohibitions. A search of the vehicle exposed ammunition and various drugs worth approximately $15,000. The driver was arrested on 9 charges.

Posted December 7

Earlier this week, RCMP transferred a Curb the Danger call to EPS from a concerned citizen who was following a suspected impaired driver into the city.

The driver entered Edmonton and at one point crossed the centre line, striking another vehicle. The driver ran from the scene, but was not alone—he was being pursued by a citizen who witnessed the collision. The quick-thinking citizen caught up with the driver, and detained him until police arrived. The driver was arrested and charged with Impaired Operation, Refusal, and Fail to Remain at a Scene of an Accident.

Thank-you to the person who initially reported the driver and to the citizen who apprehended him.

November 14

Early on November 14, EPS received a Curb the Danger call from a concerned citizen who had witnessed a truck drive the wrong way down one-way roads, turn left where it was prohibited, and drive through red lights.

As the driver sped off, another witness called to Curb the Danger as they saw this same driver proceed through another red light.

Air 1 was contacted and found the vehicle. Air 1 members observed the driver park in a residential area. The driver and passenger exited the truck and attempted to hide from police. With the help of Air 1, patrol officers located the two individuals and noted that the driver showed obvious signs of impairment. The driver was arrested and charged for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Refusal.

Posted October 27

Last month, a suspected impaired woman left a restaurant where she had allegedly been drinking and walked to a vehicle. A concerned citizen called to Curb the Danger while others tried to stop the female. She drove away, but an EPS officer located the vehicle – which turned out to be reported as stolen – and followed it. The officer reported the vehicle drastically changed speeds, cut through two lanes of traffic on multiple occasions, swerved, and drove over a curb. The officer stopped the vehicle and approached the driver. At that time, the lone female was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. As the officer interacted with her, the woman showed numerous signs of impairment, forming reasonable grounds for the officer to arrest her on impaired operation of a motor vehicle.

The officer confirmed her identity and found that she was also breaching numerous conditions, was wanted on 7 outstanding criminal warrants, and had provincial and criminal driving suspensions.

A gas station attendant called to report a female driver who had been involved in a collision and appeared to be intoxicated.

Investigations found that the suspected driver had been drinking at home while she had five youths in the residence. The five youths (who were all related to the suspect) were then told to go with the female for a drive, so she could leave the house.

During the drive, she allegedly began steering into oncoming traffic, hitting curbs, and swerving. The two oldest youths attempted to stop her from driving, and at one point, grabbed the wheel to assist.

Witnesses in the area saw her cut across three lanes of traffic and almost cause a major collision, as the vehicle hopped a curb and collided with a pole. Her vehicle became inoperable.

The two oldest youths took away her keys when she attempted to drive again. EPS members arrived on scene and noted obvious signs of impairment. Her class 8 identification card identified her, but she did not possess a driver’s license. She was arrested for impaired driving and taken to a police station where she blew over double the legal limit and stated she had no recollection of having children with her.

She was charged with Impaired Driving, Impaired Driving over 80mg%, Causing a child to be in need of an intervention (x3), and Child abandonment (x2).

Posted September 6

Two weeks ago, EPS received a Curb the Danger call from a citizen who noticed a vehicle allegedly weaving in and out of lanes, stopping at green lights and changing lanes without signaling. Police found the vehicle driving 20 km/h on Whitemud Drive. Police activated their lights and sirens for the vehicle to pull over, but the vehicle continued on. Officers reported the driver made eye contact with them but he appeared to be falling asleep at the wheel.

The driver pulled over and officers approached the vehicle. Officers noted multiple signs of impairment while speaking with the driver. The driver was identified and was noted to have conditions not to be in possession of a cell phone, which he had one on his seat. At this time, the driver was arrested for Breach of Recognizance and Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Two more cell phones were found.

The driver was taken to an EPS station and subsequently searched. He was found to be in possession of Oxycodone and crack cocaine.

This driver was charged with Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Breach of Recognizance X2, Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Posted September 1

On Saturday afternoon, EPS received a record of 7 separate calls regarding an impaired driver on Yellowhead Trail. Reporters allegedly watched the suspect swerve side to side, in and out of lanes and nearly strike multiple vehicles.

Reporters observed the vehicle stop on a meridian and the driver and passenger switched places. The new driver appeared to be intoxicated as well, as his driving was slow and holding up traffic. EPS arrived and conducted a vehicle stop. The current driver stepped out of the vehicle and showed noticeable signs of intoxication.

At this time, officers had grounds to place both of them under arrest for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and were both charged with refusing to provide a breath sample.

Posted July 28

On Saturday afternoon, EPS received a record of 7 separate calls regarding an impaired driver on Yellowhead Trail. Reporters allegedly watched the suspect swerve side to side, in and out of lanes and nearly strike multiple vehicles.

Reporters observed the vehicle stop on a meridian and the driver and passenger switched places. The new driver appeared to be intoxicated as well, as his driving was slow and holding up traffic. EPS arrived and conducted a vehicle stop. The current driver stepped out of the vehicle and showed noticeable signs of intoxication.

At this time, officers had grounds to place both of them under arrest for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and were both charged with refusing to provide a breath sample.

June 4

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, a driver was observed passed out at the steering wheel of her vehicle while she was waiting at a red light. Once other drivers started honking their horns due to her inactivity once it changed to a green light, she woke up and began driving very slowly until she was witnessed parking half of her vehicle on the sidewalk and the other half on the road and then passed out again. A witness called EPS and advised that the driver woke up and began driving again.

EPS found the driver and conducted a traffic stop. Members noted that she was observably intoxicated and confused. She was taken to an EPS station and provided 2 breath samples which she blew double the legal limit.

Posted June 1

Monday Morning, EPS received a Curb the Danger call from a citizen. The citizen witnessed a group of adults who appeared impaired exit a retail store, get into a vehicle and drive away. EPS quickly responded and conducted a traffic stop. The driver admitted to having a couple of drinks and provided a breath sample, which he failed. He was arrested for Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 

Not only was the driver under the influence, but he had his child in the vehicle, only possessed a Learner’s licence, and 3 of the 4 adults in the vehicle were wanted on outstanding warrants and none of them possessed a licence that would allow them to supervise the learner driver.

Posted March 30

As the morning sun was waiting to rise on Tuesday, March 15, a driver appeared to be passed out over his steering wheel. A witness noticed the driver and called 911 to Curb the Danger before observing the  suspect driving erratically, striking curbs and changing speeds without reason. Air 1 was able to assist and followed the vehicle until patrol arrived to conduct a vehicle stop.

When patrol approached the stopped vehicle, the driver’s responses were extremely slurred and incoherent. A strong odor of alcohol was noted on his breath and he was asked to step out of his vehicle. As he opened his door, our officers had to assist him to prevent him from falling over. All factors provided reasonable and probable grounds to arrest the driver and so he was transported to the nearest division for a breath sample.

The male was cooperative and apologetic for his actions and began to perform for our members by way of a rap song. His alcohol-facilitated speech was accentuated by his rapping, but  “He was quite good actually, despite the above.”

The male driver blew double the legal limit. He was charged, the vehicle was seized and he was given a safe and sober ride home.

If he had a mic, he would have dropped it.

Posted on February 11

On Monday night, EPS received a Curb the Danger call from a fast food restaurant employee who suspected a drive-thru patron was impaired because she tried to pay for her food with casino chips.

EPS found the vehicle shortly after the call. The female was driving erratically, speeding, driving on the centre line, and narrowly missing parked vehicles. Officers activated their emergency lights, but she kept driving. A short time later, she was safely stopped in a parking lot…but she was incapable of rolling down her window. Officers had to open her door for her and a strong odor of alcohol came from the vehicle. Officers could also see an empty bottle of rum in the front console. Her speech was slurred; she was unable to stand up properly; and her breath smelled of alcohol. Officers arrested her on the grounds of suspected impaired driving. As she was being arrested, she assaulted one of the police officers.