On the 4th of March at 10:20 p.m. Corman Park Police observed a tractor-trailer unit being operated on Township Road 390 near Range Road 3053, west of Warman, with a headlight burned out. The truck was being operated on a road that was limited for vehicles up to a maximum weight of ten tonnes.
The driver was stopped and questioned by police at which time it was evident that the driver, a 26 year old man from Limerick, SK, had been drinking. The driver advised that he was hauling a load from La Ronge to Martensville. The man was read a breath demand and he provided a sample into a roadside screening device which resulted in a reading of WARN. There was a package of untaxed cigarettes observed in the cab of the truck as well. A search of the vehicle also revealed several cans of beer, some empty, some full, and a small quantity of Cannabis.
A further inspection of the truck also revealed that the gate of the trailer was improperly fastened and the load was insecure. The truck was impounded by police for the driver’s alcohol reading, which exceeded the Provincial limit of .04 mgs. The truck was towed to a set of weigh scales where it was weighed at over 25 tonnes. The driver’s licence was suspended for three days in addition to the truck being impounded.
The driver was issued tickets for the following charges:
• Exceed 10 tonnes on a municipal road (bylaw) – $4639
• Possess unstamped Tobacco – $1400.54
• Possess Cannabis in a vehicle – $360
• Have / keep / consume alcohol in a vehicle – $360
• Operate a vehicle without cargo being properly secured – $175
• Inadequate headlamp – $150
SGI investigators at their commercial vehicle division have been notified.