Local briefs – March 19

A 33-year-old Plamondon man was charged with suspected drunk driving after causing a multi-vehicle collision in Red Deer involving an unmarked police vehicle. At 10 p.m. Wednesday, an unmarked RCMP car was stopped at a red light in the northbound lanes of Gaetz Avenue at 32nd Street, directly in front of a stopped Toyota Corolla.

Driver charged following crash involving ghost vehicle

A 33-year-old Plamondon man was charged with suspected drunk driving after causing a multi-vehicle collision in Red Deer involving an unmarked police vehicle.

At 10 p.m. Wednesday, an unmarked RCMP car was stopped at a red light in the northbound lanes of Gaetz Avenue at 32nd Street, directly in front of a stopped Toyota Corolla.

When the Toyota was hit from behind by a northbound Pontiac Grand Prix, the force of the collision launched the front of the Toyota into the rear of the unmarked police vehicle.

Two plainclothes police officers and the 39-year-old female driver of the Toyota received minor injuries. The male driver and male passenger of the Pontiac were uninjured.

The 33-year-old driver of the Pontiac was arrested by police for suspected impaired driving and taken into custody to provide a breath sample. He is charged with refusing to provide a breath sample, and driving an motor vehicle without insurance and registration.

The man, who cannot be named until his information is sworn in, is set to appear in Red Deer provincial court on April 20.

As police are continuing to investigate this collision, any witnesses are asked to call 403-343-5575 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Army reservists finish their work on pedestrian bridge

Army Reservists have completed their portion of the construction of Blindman River pedestrian bridge ahead of schedule and will not be on site this weekend, and Armed Forces spokesman said Thursday.

Great weather, great planning and a lot of hard work allowed the Army Reservists from 41 Combat Engineer Regiment to complete the installation of the decking and hand rails in one weekend, Marcy 13 and 14.

Originally scheduled to be installed over two consecutive weekends, the wood hand rails and decking were the final phase of Blindman River pedestrian bridge project.

The bridge is located north of Red Deer on the C&E Trail. It is part of a regional trail system linking communities throughout Central Alberta.

Lacombe County and the federal government each donated $50,000 towards the bridge project. Alberta Trail Net contributed $100,000, Trans Canada Trail $67,000 and the National Trails Coalition $50,000.

The reservists donated about $50,000 worth of their time and expertise.

41 Combat Engineer Regiment was created to provide engineer support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group.

The home station of the regiment is in Edmonton and it consists of a Regimental Headquarters, 25 Engineer Squadron in Edmonton and 33 Engineer Squadron in Calgary.