The Creston RCMP station is located on 16th Avenue South.

Ringing cellphone leads Creston RCMP to impaired driver

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  • Jul. 10, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Running from police when stopped is a bad idea that can be made worse by carrying a cellphone.

A southbound pickup truck was stopped by patrolling police officers last Wednesday and the driver ran into trees on 16th Avenue North, RCMP Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said on Monday.

Police were searching the bushy area for the drinking and driving suspect when his cellphone rang, leading officers directly to the culprit.

The male driver failed a roadside screening test for alcohol consumption and was issued an instant 90-day driving prohibition. His truck was impounded for 30 days.


Police Beat

Creston RCMP responded to 86 calls for service from June 2-8, Gollan said.

June 2

•Police were called to a complaint of assault by a teenage son against his mother on Seventh Avenue North.

•A well-being check to an Erickson Road address requested by a friend found the resident intoxicated but otherwise OK.

•Police attended a Haskins Road East residence to keep the peace while a renter was served an eviction notice.

•A Cook Street business banned a customer from the store.

•A Black and Decker blender was stolen in a break and entry to an Erickson business.

•A cougar bit a dog on Corey Road in Wynndel. Conservation officers were notified.

June 3

•The owner of a Dodge Caravan that tailgated a driver on Erickson Road can look forward to getting a ticket.

•Police are investigating the theft of a 1992 Mazda MPV van from a gravel pit near Sirdar.

•The first of several 911 cellphone calls this week attributed to pocket dialing was received.

•A 16-inch Stihl chainsaw was stolen from a campsite on Meadow Creek Forest Service Road.

•A CCM City Express mountain bike was stolen from a Northwest Boulevard residence.

•The owner of a vehicle reported to be speeding on Sixth Avenue North was warned.

•A semi collided with a deer on Lower Wynndel Road.

June 4

•A greenhouse at the College of the Rockies was damaged and plants were stolen and pulled out overnight.

•A jerry can was stolen during a break-in to a shed on Silvercrest Road.

•One male was located and warned after police received a report of three traveling males jumping in front of traffic on Canyon Street.

•A theft at a Kitchener residence netted thieves two Husqvarna chainsaws, a Mastercraft toolbox, and two skill saws, one a Dewalt and the other a Mastercraft.

•An intoxicated male youth was arrested on 16th Avenue South and treated in hospital for a minor cut before spending the night in police cells.

•A large cougar was reported in a yard on Arrow Creek Road.

•A six-foot stuffed Spider-Man figure was stolen from the Tivoli Theatre marquee. Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the RCMP.

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