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Police continue Holiday checkstop program

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Manitoba RCMP continued the Holiday Checkstop program with week two running from Dec. 10 to 16.
Enforcement during that period resulted in:
• 70 checkstops conducted around Manitoba with approximately 3,530 vehicles checked.
• 18 people charged with impaired driving (alcohol).
• Five people charged with refusing a breath demand.
• The highest blood-alcohol reading reported was .300 (nearly four times the legal limit).
• eight alcohol-related tiered suspensions.
• 17 people charged with improper storage of alcohol or cannabis in a vehicle.
There was one traffic-related fatality in Pukatawagan, which did not involve impairment.
Last year during week two, RCMP members conducted 50 checkstops, checked 2,306 vehicles, and charged 23 people with Criminal Code impaired driving offences.
Locally during week two, Dauphin RCMP checked 38 vehicles, registering one criminal code refusal to provide a breath sample, along with laying one charge of open or improper storage of alcohol, one charge of open or improper storage of cannabis and three Highway Traffic Act offenses.
Officers also issued three other traffic warnings.
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On Dec. 10, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Steinbach RCMP and Eastman Traffic Services conducted a checkstop on Hwy. 12 in Steinbach.
One driver could not provide vehicle registration and was asked to pull over.
It was quickly determined that the vehicle was stolen.
Further investigation determined that the driver was also in possession of counterfeit currency, break-in tools and drug paraphernalia.
Cory Couture, 38, from Winnipeg, was arrested and charged with identity fraud, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of counterfeit currency and possession of break-in instruments.
The vehicle was seized and the investigation continues.