Police had extra manpower, out in force on New Year's Eve to provide check stops and make sure people were not drinking and driving. Police stopped and checked nearly 200 vehicles. No impaired drivers were located and several drivers were checked using roadside screening devices with similar results. Police did, however, issue several tickets that night.
"There was a couple of alcohol tickets issued during the course of the night for open alcohol in a motor vehicle and having open alcohol in public," explained Sergeant Craig Bird. "Although people weren't driving, they were still taking alcohol outside which wasn't the greatest but it just resulted in a fine and they were sent on their way."
Police were flagged down by a citizen wanting to report an incident in an apartment building. Police responded and learned that a minor assault had taken place and some property was damaged. A 22-year-old Estevan male was arrested for assault and held in cells and a 20-year-old Estevan male was arrested for breaching his court-ordered conditions. He was also held in cells until sober.
New Years Day was a fairly quiet day as most people stayed in. Police performed several conditions checks on individuals during the evening and found one person to be in breach of their conditions and was subsequently arrested. They will be taken before a magistrate to answer to the charges.
Police also had a complaint of a vehicle hitting a residential garbage can in the North area of the city. Police are currently looking into the matter.