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Suspected impaired driver gets stuck on train tracks in Amherst

Amherst Police Department
Amherst Police Department - Darrell Cole

There are not too many reasons someone would drive their vehicle on a set of train tracks, but drugs could be one of them.

A 30-year-old female was arrested Dec. 16th for impaired driving by a drug after it was reported that a vehicle was stuck on the railway tracks. The female reported that she thought the train tracks was a roadway. Officers detected signs of suspected drug impairment and the female was brought to the police department. A drug recognition expert conducted several tests on the female and the matter is still under investigation.

This was just one of 86 calls Amherst Police responded to over the course of the week beginning December 11th, and ending on the 17th.



An Xbox was stolen from a residence on Bayview Drive. Police are investigating, however, no charges have been laid at this time.

Several trailers were gone through on McCully Street. Nothing was reported stolen in the incidents.



Police observed a yield sign down near Rogers Avenue. It appears that a vehicle had left the roadway and struck the sign but the incident was not reported to the police. The sign has been replaced and police are investigating the incident as a failure to remain at the scene of an accident.

Officers attended several traffic collisions in the day. A vehicle slid through a stop sign at Rupert Street and East Victoria Street. The vehicle then struck another motor vehicle. No injuries were reported but damage was noted as significant. Another collision was reported at the intersection of Spring Street and Willow Street. A vehicle rear-ended another vehicle, however, no injuries were reported. There was another collision at the intersection of Wellington Street and Church Street. No injuries were noted by officers. Police are reminding motorists to be extra cautious while driving at this time of year as roadways tend to be extremely icy.



Officers responded to a reported assault at a Rogers Avenue residence. It was also reported that the male may have a knife. Police failed to locate the male but it was discovered that the male did not leave the residence with the knife. No charges are expected to be laid as the witness did not wish to proceed in the matter.

Police were notified that a male may have overdosed on some pills. The caller initially reported that the male was at an Amherst residence. Officers attended this location but failed to locate the male in the area. The male was eventually located at an Amherst department store. He was transported to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre for treatment.



A two-vehicle motor vehicle collision was reported at South Albion Street and the intersection to the Atlantic Superstore gas bar. An 81-year-old male was charged with failing to yield to a vehicle already in the intersection. No injuries were reported.

Several sheds were broken into on Spence Court. Nothing appears to have been stolen at this time but it appears that a lawn tractor may have been tampered with. Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Const. John Haggerty at 902-667-7227.



A resident reported receiving a call stating she had won a free trip to Florida. The caller then requested debit card and credit card information. This is a scam call and police are reminding residents to not give personal or financial information to these types of calls. Residents should be aware that they should not have to pay for anything if they actually won a prize. Also, it is unlikely that you will win a contest if you did not enter one in the first place. Fortunately, in this incident, the Amherst resident did not fall for the scam.

A female reported that another person was posting intimate pictures of her online. Police are investigating.



A 44-year-old male was charged with assault after an incident in a Church Street area residence. The male is accused of punching a female. The male was arrested at the home and later released on a Promise to Appear in Court on December 18th for plea.

A 33-year-old male was arrested for public intoxication after he was causing a disturbance at a downtown area bar. Police were initially called to remove a male after he was refusing to leave the area. Police attended the bar and observed the male urinating in the parking lot of the establishment. The male was arrested and lodged in cells until he was sober. He was issued a summary offence ticket upon his release.



Police responded to reports that a male youth was jumping out onto the roadway and blocking traffic on South Albion Street. It was reported that vehicles were having to slam on their brakes and that a collision had almost occurred. A patrolling police officer then reported the same male jump in front of the patrol vehicle. The male youth then fled the area. Patrols were made and the male was located near the Amherst fire hall. The youth was discovered to have consumed alcohol and was arrested for public intoxication. He was lodged in cells until he was sober and given a warning over the incident.

A break and enter was reported at an East Victoria Street residence. A small safe was broken into and officers are investigating the matter.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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