Creston firearms threats and rolled truck connected

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  • Jun. 16, 2011 5:00 p.m.

What began on June 7 as a dispute involving threats with a firearm ended with a pickup truck flipping over and landing near a Centennial Park baseball dugout.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Creston RCMP received a report that a male had visited a residence on Ninth Avenue North, where he spun tires, pointed a firearm at the occupants and threatened them. Several calls to police were made by neighbours and the male fled before police arrived.

“RCMP members attended to the residence and spoke with the occupants,” Staff Sgt. Gord Stewart said on Monday. “They located and seized a loaded prohibited weapon that the suspect had abandoned on the roadway a short distance away.”

During the course of their investigation at the Ninth Avenue North scene, another report came into police about a motor vehicle accident at Centennial Park, about one kilometre away. Witnesses reported that a pickup truck had failed to negotiate a right-hand turn on Ninth Avenue South, crashed through a concrete barrier, flipped at least once and landed approximately 20 feet from the baseball dugout. A minor league game was in progress at the time.

RCMP officers arrived on the scene and quickly determined the driver was the suspect in the earlier firearms complaint. He was arrested and treated for minor injuries, then held in custody. The 44-year-old male was released on bail during a subsequent hearing and will face a number of criminal charges, including uttering threats, pointing a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and dangerous driving.