Editor’s Note: The following is a list of noteworthy incidents and investigations undertaken by Prince District RCMP between Jan. 8 and 14.
One ticket from two checkstops
On Jan. 8 around 11:30 a.m. West Prince RCMP conducted a check stop in Tignish, where a total of 33 vehicles were checked. One Highway Traffic Act ticket was issued as well as one written warning. On the same day, a check stop was conducted in Alberton where 67 vehicles were checked. No offences were noted.
Car and tractor-trailer collide
On Jan. 8 around 2 p.m. East Prince RCMP responded to a call of a two-vehicle collision between a car and tractor-trailer. Police said it appeared the driver of the car pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer while turning. The incident is still under investigation.
Vehicle fire in St. Louis
Around 7 p.m. on Jan. 8, West Prince RCMP responded to a vehicle fire in St. Louis. The owner of the vehicle stated the vehicle had broken down. He left to get booster cables and upon returning, found the vehicle on fire. The vehicle was insured and nobody was injured.
Collision due to icy roads
On Jan. 9 around 9 p.m., West Prince RCMP were called to a single-vehicle collision in Rosebank. The 18-year-old driver lost control on icy roads. The vehicle spun, went off the road and landed on its passenger side. The driver was not injured and the vehicle was towed from the scene.
Items missing after break and enter
On Jan. 9 around 9:30 p.m., East Prince RCMP received a call of a break and enter that happened sometime since Jan. 3. There were numerous items missing and the matter is still under investigation.
Barn destroyed in fire, no one injured
On Jan. 9 around 10:30 p.m. West Prince RCMP received a call of a barn on fire in Nail Pond. The owner was inside the barn working on a snowmobile when it caught fire. No one was injured in the fire, but the barn was destroyed.
Woman receives threatening messages
On Jan. 10 around 3:30 p.m., East Prince RCMP received a complaint from a woman stating she was receiving threatening messages on her phone. The subject of the complaint was a 42-year-old man from Alberta, who was arrested in New Brunswick and transported to Prince Edward Island to answer to the charges. The incident is before the courts.
On Jan. 12, a Tyne Valley resident reported that sometime over the past week, his Pontiac Torrent vehicle was damaged while it was parked at his residence. The damage was specific to the rear of the van as well as the gas cap lid. RCMP has been conducting neighbourhood inquiries and the investigation is continuing.
Woman facing multiple charges
On Jan. 12, around 9:45 p.m., members of the East Prince RCMP received report of a vehicle in the ditch with a possible impaired driver in the Portage area. RCMP patrolled the area and located the suspect vehicle in a ditch in West Devon. The driver of the vehicle, a 29-year-old woman from Ellerslie, who exhibited signs of alcohol impairment, was arrested.
During the arrest the suspect assaulted one of the arresting officers. The driver of the suspected vehicle was taken to the West Prince RCMP detachment where she provided breath samples more than twice the legal limit. She will appear in Summerside Court in March to answer to charges.
Woman advised to cancel credit card
On Jan. 13, around 4:15 p.m. East Prince RCMP received a call from a resident of North Bedeque, reporting she was a victim of fraud. She reported that she provided her credit card number over the phone to a company claiming to be Microsoft, who charged her over US $100. The caller also claimed to have access to her personal information. Police advised her to cancel her credit card as well as arrange to have her computer cleaned of any possible malware.
The public is reminded that Microsoft, Dell or any other major company’s tech support is not likely to call you for an issue with your computer, unless you have called them first to report an issue. Do not provide any information to a person who calls you presenting themselves as a representative of tech support saying that you have an error on your computer. It is most likely a scam looking for personal or credit card information.
Driver injured in single-vehicle collision
On Jan. 14 around 1:30 a.m. East Prince RCMP responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision on Route 107 in Wilmot Valley. The vehicle was extensively damaged and the 19-year-old male driver was injured. A roadside test was administered to the driver after he displayed signs of being impaired, which resulted in a warning. As a result, a seven-day driving suspension was issued to him.
Recaps and Reminders
During the past week, Prince District RCMP received seven traffic-related complaints, mostly pertaining to vehicles alleged to be driving erratically and speeding, as well as reports of traffic hazards on the roadway. RCMP will be continuing to conduct checkpoints and patrols throughout January, in various communities across Prince District, targeting cellphone use, seat belts and distracted and impaired driving.
Anyone with information regarding these investigations or other criminal activity is asked to call the RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.