Man charged with impaired driving, vehicle theft after crashing stolen car into ditch

A trio of Thompson traffic stops Sept. 28-29 led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle and a pair of impaired driving arrests.

Thompson RCMP were on patrol on Churchill Drive around 2:40 a.m. Sept. 29 when an oncoming vehicle almost hit their police vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle on Juniper Drive and, suspecting that the 16-year-old female driver was impaired, arrested her and obtained breath samples which were over the legal limit. She was released to appear in court at a later date.

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About 24 hours earlier, at 2:07 a.m. Sept. 28, RCMP received a report of a vehicle that had driven into the ditch at the intersection of Cree Road and Burntwood Road. Responding officers saw that a man had fled into a wooded area and located him with the help of police service dog Deny. The 50-year-old from South Indian Lake was arrested for impaired driving but refused to provide breath samples. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had been stolen in South Indian Lake and the man was remanded into custody on multiple charges of impaired driving and car theft.

At 5:24 a.m. Saturday, Thompson RCMP saw a suspected stolen vehicle near the Shell gas station on Thompson Drive South and conducted a traffic stop. They determined that the driver was bound by an absolute curfew and conducted a search, finding a flap of cocaine on his person and a can of bear spray under the driver’s seat. The driver was remanded into custody on multiple weapons charges, breaches of a court order and possession of cocaine. 

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