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ATV stop leads to drug seizure in Grand Forks

Grand Forks RCMP say they seized a large amount of drugs from the driver of an ATV that got stuck in a snowbank.

Last week an officer tried to pull someone over riding an ATV without a license plate on Boundary Drive near 77th Avenue, but the driver fled.

An hour later the officer spotted the ATV again on 75th Avenue and 21st Street. Once again the driver tried to take off, but this time skidded into a snowbank.

The driver was arrested for trying to flee from a peace officer. It turned out the 47-year-old Grand Forks man was also prohibited from driving.

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He had his ATV seized, was issued a $600 ticket for not having insurance, and given a court date this March.

However, police say the story doesn’t end there. The man was found to have a large amount of drugs that police suspect to be fentanyl and meth.

The man was released but a drug trafficking investigation continues and police expect to recommend charges in the coming months.

“It is always great to get a decent seizure of drugs off the road and have someone that we plan on forwarding charges on,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release.

“Drugs continue to be a problem in our community and we are determined to make more seizures and arrests.”

Not what’s meant by Drive-Thru

RCMP say no one was hurt but there was significant damage inside the A&W after someone drove into the side of the building.

The incident happened a week ago. Due to icy conditions the driver couldn’t stop and hit the wall. There was minimal external damage.

The restaurant is now back in business.

Impaired drivers still being caught

A 20-year-old man received a 90-day driving prohibition and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days after police responded to a report of a possible impaired driver last week on Brown Creek Road.

The driver denied he had been drinking, but showed signs of impairment and failed a roadside breath test. He was also ticketed for driving contrary to restrictions and failing to display an “N” as a novice driver.

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