Some really great news from our RCMP!!

May 7, 2012

Ridge Meadows RCMP investigated two more Impaired Driving cases Friday night.  The first incident occurred around 10:00 p.m.  A 31 year old Pitt Meadows man was observed leaving Roosters Cabaret in the 19000 block of the Lougheed Highway.  He was stopped a short distance away on McMynn Road where he exhibited signs of being impaired by alcohol, and a breath demand was made and complied with.

The second case occurred around 11:30 p.m. May 4, 2012.  A vehicle was stopped after the driver, a 39 year old Maple Ridge man, failed to obey a traffic light on the Lougheed Highway near 223 Street.  Again the investigating police officer gained grounds to make a demand for breath samples.

In both cases the breath samples were analyzed at 1.5 times the legal limit of .08%.   Both drivers were released on Promise to Appear notices to attend court on later dates.

A 17 year old Maple Ridge female had her father’s car impounded for 7 days, in addition to a fine of $368.00 after she went through radar at more than 50 kms over the posted speed limit of 80 kmh.  Constable Moore of the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Traffic Services was monitoring the Lougheed Highway near 105 Avenue for motorists exceeding the posted speed limit around 5:45 p.m. on Saturday May 5, 2012.  Police have received reports of possible speeding vehicles in this area, which has experienced serious crashes in the past.  Police will continue to watch for aggressive drivers on our roads.

Off Duty Officer Arrests Impaired Driver

A Ridge Meadows RCMP officer, who was off duty at the time, arrested an impaired driver yesterday.  Corporal Todd Balaban, who was assisted by an off duty Vancouver Firefighter, arrested a man who was showing gross symptoms of being impaired by alcohol.  Corporal Balaban observed the driver narrowly miss several vehicles before the car pulled in and stopped at the Sasquatch Inn in Agassiz, B.C.  When the Corporal placed the man under arrest for Impaired Driving, he became uncooperative and refused to comply with requests being made, so the Vancouver Firefighter jumped in to assist Corporal Balaban in restraining the man until a member of the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment could attend and take the man in for breath samples.

Corporal Alanna Dunlop said, “Even though police enjoy their time off, we are always alert to our surroundings.  In this case our police officer felt the safety of the public was in jeopardy by the way the man was driving, and that he had to stop this from continuing.  We also applaud the actions of the off duty firefighter for assisting Corporal Balaban the way he did.  Together they stopped what could have been an unfortunate incident from occurring.”

Ridge Meadows RCMP and Fraser Health/Mental Health and Substance Use Services sign Letter of Agreement 

Although Ridge Meadows RCMP, and Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services have been working closely together for several years, the two agencies are making their working relationship formal with the signing of a Letter of Agreement.  The agreement was signed by Superintendent Dave Walsh, Officer in Charge of the Ridge Meadows RCMP, and Sherry Mumford, director of Fraser Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

The agreement is a foundation for sustainability with respect to mental health and substance use interventions in the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. A designated mental health liaison Constable and an assigned resource from Fraser Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services connect clients with services in the community with the goal of getting to the root cause of these issues.  The agreement ensures that there are continued joint outreach services, a commitment to provide cross training, as well as information sharing and confidentiality.  This agreement builds on the already strong working relationship between these two agencies and their network of supporting community agencies, which together form the crisis intervention team. This team meets monthly to identify and problem solve safety plans for mental health and substance use clients that are generating multiple calls for police service.

“The formalization of this partnership helps to ensure critical and a timely response continues well into the future for vulnerable individuals who need our support,” said Mumford. “Our close partnership with the Ridge Meadows RCMP helps us to connect people in mental health crisis with community supports and services that they need.”

Superintendent Dave Walsh said, “Ridge Meadows RCMP patrol officers continue to be the first responders in crisis situations. When the crisis situation has been safely resolved, the dedicated mental health police and Fraser Health resources are able to problem solve the root cause of the issues from a holistic and specialized perspective. These types of partnerships are essential with respect to our crime reduction mandate”.




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