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RCMP charge 32 with DUI

THE RCMP caught three people with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit during its holiday Checkstop Program last week.

In total, 32 people were charged with impaired driving, having an average blood-alcohol level of 0.154, almost twice the legal limit.

Three people were also charged with refusing a breathalyzer.

More than 2,500 cars were checked across the province during 91 stops.

This time last year, RCMP checked 4,800 cars in 99 stops and charged 35 people with impaired driving.

Weapons charges laid

A 30-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday on Maryland Street after allegedly threatening someone with a gun, Winnipeg police said.

At around 4:10 a.m. police responded to a report of an armed man on Home Street.

By the time they arrived, the man had already fled.

The canine unit tracked the suspect and he was arrested a short time later.

Police seized a gun and knife.

The man faces various weapons-related offences.

Driver hits snowbank

A 47-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences, including driving under the influence and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

A car was seen swerving across the centre line of the road on McKenzie Street shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

When officers tried to pull the car over, the driver allegedly refused and continued driving until he crashed into a snowbank at Richardson Avenue and McCurdy Street.

The man was taken into custody. He also faces charges of refusing to provide a breath sample, and flight while pursued by police.

Northern death probed

Police are investigating a suspected homicide on the Pauingassi First Nation after a 27-year-old man was found dead Christmas Eve.

Just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, the unidentified man was found unresponsive and suffering from undisclosed injuries at a home in Pauingassi First Nation, about 280 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

He was taken to a local nursing station, where he later died.

Little Grand Rapids RCMP is investigating along with the major crimes and forensic identification units.

An autopsy is set for Boxing Day in Winnipeg.

No injuries in house fire

A fire early Christmas morning caused approximately $175,000 worth of damage to a North End home.

The attic of 705 Anderson Ave. caught fire around 2 a.m., causing water, smoke and heat damage to the building.

No one was inside the home at the time.

The cause is under investigation.


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 26, 2013 B8

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