Clumsy efforts to misdirect the RCMP didn’t work very well for the operator of a speeding vehicle in Wabasca last week. As a result, the 33-year-old driver faces obstruction charges, on top of charges for what police found in his vehicle.
According to a release from the RCMP, Desmarais RCMP clocked a black jeep going 82 kph in a 60 kph zone in Wabasca on the morning of May 2. Pulling in behind the vehicle, they noticed a beer can flying out the window.
The driver wasn’t very helpful. He told the officer he’d recently lost his wallet and driver’s license and gave a name that turned out to be fake. He was arrested for obstruction.
“While searching the driver and the Jeep, incidental to the arrest, officers located nearly $900 in cash, items linked to drug trafficking and just under one ounce of cocaine,” says the release.
“This type of seizure is significant and will affect the drug trade in this northern community,” says RCMP Cpl. Curtis Harsulla.
The accused – a resident of Desmarais – will appear in provincial court in that community on June 8.