RCMP traffic stop, RM of Ellice-Archie, leads to multiple charges
On April 25, at 1:40 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 41, located approximately three kilometres south of Highway 16, in the RM of Ellice-Archie.
Officers approached the vehicle, with five occupants inside, and spoke with the 32-year-old male driver, from the Birdtail Sioux First Nation, who advised the officer he did not have a driver’s license. Further checks on the driver revealed he was also prohibited from driving.
The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the driver for Impaired Driving. The accused provided samples of his breath for analysis and was found to have a blood alcohol concentration over 1.5 times the legal limit.
The vehicle was seized and as a result of a search, officers located a .22 cal. firearm, 2400 unmarked cigarettes, a small quantity of marijuana, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and open liquor.
The driver is facing charges:
- Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle,
- Over .08,
- Drive while Prohibited,
- Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking,
- three firearms offences,
- Open Liquor and
- Possession of Unstamped Tobacco.
The four passengers, a 69-year-old male from Binscarth, a 47-year-old female from Waywayseecappo, a 56-year-old male and a 60-year-old female both from Brandon, also face charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Firearm in a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Unstamped Tobacco.
All five accused have been released on conditions for court scheduled September 23, in Russell.
Russell RCMP continue to investigate.