Weyburn police respond to drug overdose calls

The Weyburn Police Service received 86 calls for service during the period of Feb. 15-21, resulting in 20 charges for the week, along with three calls of drug overdoses. Of the 20 charges, 12 were traffic violations, seven were under the Criminal Code of Canada, and one was under the City bylaw for a Dog at Large. The Criminal Code charges include impaired driving as well as charges of assault and uttering threats.

WPS members responded to an urgent medical call at a residence along the city boundary on Sunday. Officers administered Narcan to an adult male who was unconscious due to a suspected drug overdose. EMS arrived on scene and provided immediate medical attention. The male was transported to the Weyburn General Hospital for further treatment but his condition was critical.

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Police were called to a local business on Saturday in response to an individual who had been in the washroom for an extended period of time. The person was found conscious but was assessed by EMS personnel after admitting to overdosing.

Deputy chief Brent Van De Sype said police often respond to these calls to assist EMS, and estimates there have been at least 11 such calls so far this year, possibly more, with three calls from Friday to Sunday involving overdoses.

On Feb. 15, police responded to a single vehicle collision involving a vehicle veering off the street and striking a fence and tree. The driver, who was charged for driving without due care and attention, required medical treatment for a non-life threatening injury but was otherwise okay.

Police also received a report of fraud in which a resident suffered a significant financial loss. That matter is still under investigation.

On Tuesday, a requested wellbeing check on an adult female resulted in an adult male facing charges of aggravated assault, choking, and uttering threats. Officers also responded to a report of two suspicious individuals in a parking lot but they were observed to be law-abiding.

Police received a report from another police agency advising of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred in Weyburn approximately a year ago. The matter was investigated and charges of sexual assault and sexual interference resulted.

Police responded to a RID (Report Impaired Driving) call which resulted in the vehicle being stopped and the driver being tested on an approved alcohol screening device. The test yielded a “Warn” result and the driver received a three-day driver’s license suspension.

Police responded to a report of two unconscious individuals in a vehicle on Thursday. Officers found the individuals to be conscious and did not require medical attention. A Standardized Field Sobriety Test was performed on the driver, who consequently failed and was arrested for impaired care and control of a conveyance. A blood demand was made and the driver was transported to the Weyburn General Hospital for the purpose of providing a sample suitable for analysis. The driver received a three-day driver’s license suspension and the vehicle was impounded. Further action is pending the result of the blood analysis.

A traffic stop conducted in the early morning hours on Sunday resulted in an adult male being charged with impaired driving. The officer noticed signs of impairment and the driver was transported back to the WPS office for further testing after failing a roadside screening test for alcohol.

WPS members also responded to matters such as Health Order violations, false alarms, dog complaints, parking complaints, peace-keeping, gas drive-offs, wellbeing checks and fraudulent phone calls throughout the week.

*Anyone with information regarding one of these matters, or any other matter of a criminal nature, is encouraged to contact the Weyburn Police Service at (306) 848-3250, the local RCMP Detachment at 310-RCMP (7267), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).