Four days after the legalization of cannabis, and the Estevan Police Service handed out their first ticket for the substance in a vehicle.
"Sunday afternoon police stopped a vehicle for using a cell phone, and during that traffic stop they were found to have marijuana on them. They were issued a ticket for using a cell phone while driving and a ticket under the new CCSA, the new act from the province of Saskatchewan," shared Sergeant Evan Handley, adding that the fine attached to the offense is over $300. This driver received a $360 fine.
"Sunday night was pretty quiet. We did several checks on people who were on release conditions, and they were all found to be home, which is a good thing. Other than that, just lots of patrols throughout town, making sure everything was going well, and it was nice to see that there was nobody out there drinking and driving."
On Saturday, officers attended a commercial business alarm, a report of vehicle theft that turned out to be an owner misunderstanding. Officers also received a report of a disturbance and assault in progress in the city core. They attended and spoke with the victim, and an Estevan male later turned himself in and has been charged with one count of assault, and given a December court date.
They also attended the report of a female lying in a field, unmoving. Officers found the Weyburn female high on narcotics, and on conditions not to consume. She was held for court on Monday morning.
"On Friday night, members arrested two males for failing to pay their bill at a local establishment. They were lodged in cells until sober. A 21 year old male from Estevan was also arrested for damaging property inside a local lounge. He was released on Sunday morning," related Handley. All three males have December court dates.
Officers also conducted high visibility check stops and found no impaired drivers.
Friday's day shift saw members take a report of fraud involving iTunes gift cards and payment, and another involving a bank account. They also attended to the Estevan Comprehensive School to the report of damage to a number of vehicles. They learned that an individual had been performing stunts in the parking lot, and consequently rocks were being kicked up into four different vehicles. The driver was charged under the Traffic Safety Act for Stunting, and investigation continues into a Mischief to Property aspect.
Officers also received an RID complaint. They located the vehicle and tested the driver's breath, and found that he was within legal limits despite having consumed alcohol.
A complaint was also received regarding someone operating a Vega on the highway instead of the sidewalk. Police were unable to find the individual.