A report on police activity in the Central Plains region between Sept. 25 – Oct. 1
RCMP weekly report
During this time, police responded to 298 calls for service.
Failure to stop for bus
Portage la Prairie RCMP received a report of a vehicle failing to stop for a school bus which had its lights activated. Investigators are presently tracking down the suspect’s vehicle, who may be facing a hefty fine. Police and school bus drivers wish to remind all motorists that failing to stop for a school bus could result in the serious injury or death of a child crossing the street. Motorists must come to a full stop when school bus lights are activated and should not proceed in any direction until they are deactivated.
A motorist was observed travelling at 139 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Hwy 2 in the RM of Victoria. The 60-year-old male driver was issued a fine in the amount of $561.25.
NMS break and enter
Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to North Memorial School for a break and enter that took place overnight. Unidentified suspects entered the kindergarten classroom and proceeded to damage some property inside. Investigators are asking that anyone with knowledge of who caused this damage contact the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445.
Driving under the influence
A motorist was observed travelling at 114 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on PR 331 in the RM of Portage la Prairie. Once in contact with the male driver officers quickly determined that he had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. The driver was asked to provide samples of his breath to a roadside screening device, which he failed. The driver was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle, and his subsequent breath samples were over the legal limit. The driver had his license suspended for a minimum of three months and the vehicle was towed and impounded for 30 days at the owner’s expense.
Dangerous driver alludes authorities
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., the Amaranth RCMP were notified of a dangerous driver in the area of Langruth, as a red GMC pick-up truck was reportedly driving at high speeds with damage to at least one of its tires. Officers from Amaranth, Portage la Prairie and Treherne, along with members of the Sandy Bay Dakota Ojibway Police Service, all converged on the vehicle. Once it was found however, the driver refused to stop, and continued to drive erratically. After pursuing the vehicle on back roads around Sandy Bay First Nation the suspect’s vehicle struck the ditch and the male driver fled on foot. He was not found that night. Investigators seized multiple items which are being analyzed to determine the identity of the driver. Anyone with knowledge of who was behind the wheel is asked to contact the Amaranth RCMP at 204-843-2309, or your local detachment.
Collision on the Ave
Just before 1 p.m., the Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to a two vehicle collision on Saskatchewan Avenue at 18th Street. Two SUV’s struck each other at the intersection, which saw both fire fighters and paramedics on scene as well. Everyone involved reportedly had minor injuries, and both vehicles were moved from the roadway to allow traffic to continue. The matter is still being investigated, charges are pending.
Ne're-do-wells strike over weekend
Portage la Prairie RCMP received several reports of break and enters to homes, garages, and vehicles over the weekend. Property owners across the city reported unidentified suspects taking items from unlocked garages or vehicles. Power tools, bicycles and small items were taken in most of these incidents. Police ask that residents do what they can to properly secure their homes and garages, and to ensure that their vehicles are locked and nothing of value is left inside. If you see or hear something suspicious throughout the night, call police immediately; a quick response from officers could result in the suspects being caught.
If you have any information that could lend assistance in the investigation of these crimes or others, please contact your local RCMP, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and www.manitobacrimestoppers.com . Tips leading to the identification of suspects or the return of stolen property could receive cash awards.