Over the November 17th weekend, the Northwest Territories RCMP responded to approximately 302 calls for service, with several cases of impaired driving highlighted in their weekend report.
On November 18th, just after midnight, the Fort Providence were on patrol in the community of Fort Providence. An officer came across a vehicle that was partly lodged in a ditch. The officer stopped to offer aid and found that the driver displayed signs of impairment by alcohol.
The driver was given a roadside screening test and was arrested after failing the test. The driver was brought to the Fort Providence RCMP detachment and provided breath samples which determined that the driver was over two times legal limit. Charges of impaired driving are pending against the 22-year-old woman from Fort Providence.
On November 18th, at 2:41 a.m. the Inuvik RCMP located a vehicle driving erratically and stunting near the boat launch. The vehicle was stopped and the driver showed signs of alcohol consumption. A roadside screening test was administered and the driver was arrested after failing the test. The 27-year-old man form Inuvik was brought back to the detachment where breath tests determined that his blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. Charges of impaired driving are pending against the man.
On November 18th, 2023 at 5:00 a.m. the Fort Simpson RCMP three complaints from separate people indicating that a man in a t-shirt was driving erratically on a snowmobile. RCMP officers were dispatched to locate the man and stopped him near a residence in the community of Fort Simpson.
The man was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. The man was brought to the Fort Simpson detachment and provided breath samples that determined the man’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit. Charges of impaired driving are pending against the 31-year-old man from Fort Simpson.
Finally, on November 19th, at 2:06 a.m. the Hay River RCMP received multiple complaints about a man who was being seriously assaulted by two other men outside of the hockey rink in Hay River. RCMP were told the two suspects fled in a truck. An RCMP officer attended the area and located the truck. During the stop, the officer was able to get one of the males arrested but the second male fled on foot.
Additional officers attended the area but were unable to locate the driver. The 45-year-old victim from the Kátł’odeeche First Nation was treated for serious injuries. 30-year-old Daniel Tanner of Regina, Saskatchewan has been charged with aggravated assault. The driver of the vehicle that fled the scene has been identified. The investigation into this incident is on-going.