WEYBURN – The Weyburn Police Service responded to 81 calls for service during the period of Feb. 28 to March 6, resulting in a total of 13 charges. The majority of charges were laid under the Traffic Safety Act as only one charge was laid under the Criminal Code of Canada during the week.
The traffic-related charges include speeding, driving without a valid license or registration, disregarding a traffic signal, and using a cell phone while driving. One individual was also charged under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act for unlawfully having alcohol in a vehicle.
A significant amount of calls for service that are received and responded to during any week relate to concerns for the wellbeing or mental health of an individual. This week was no different as officers responded to several. These calls vary from a concerned friend or family member requesting an officer check on an individual as they haven’t been able to contact them for a long time, to an immediate emergency regarding an individual expressing or performing acts of self harm.
The priority of an officer’s response to these calls is to prevent harm and ensure the individual obtains proper medical care or any other professional assistance that they may require.
One driver is facing a charge of refusing to comply with a breath demand resulting from a traffic stop in which the officer noted the driver was displaying signs of impairment. The driver was charged accordingly and released with an upcoming court date.
Another traffic stop, conducted on a motorist found to be exceeding the speed limit, resulted in an arrest as the driver was found to have an outstanding warrant. The warrant was executed and the individual was ultimately released with an upcoming court date as requested by the agency holding the warrant.
Officers responded to several other calls of a varying nature during the week including alarms, noise complaints, domestic disturbances, and requests to assist other agencies. No charges resulted from any calls of this nature.
*Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).