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Woman breaks court order, flags down police officer

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A young woman bound by an order to abstain from drinking alcohol flagged down a Nelson Police Department member while intoxicated early Saturday morning.

The officer didn't initially recognize the 24-year-old. She asked him for a ride home around 1:30 a.m. on December 7, due to the cold weather and her not being dressed appropriately.

According to a media release issued by police, the officer allowed her to warm up in his car while he finished another matter, but she left on her own before she could be offered any further assistance.

A short time later, staff at a nearby bar contacted the department concerned about the wellbeing of the same woman. Upon learning the woman's name the officer discovered her previous charges and release conditions.

He went and picked her up again — but this time he brought her to the cells, where she was held until sober and able to arrange a ride home.

A court date was set for her to answer to charges of breaching her release conditions.

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On Saturday afternoon, police were called to the Chahko Mika mall to assist with a possible shoplifting.

Around 12:45 p.m. on December 7, a retailer in the mall attempted to detain a female suspect who has set off the store security alarm. But according to a media release issued by police, the woman refused to cooperate. She fled, hopping into a waiting car and being driven away from the scene.

Fortunately, police were provided with the license plate number for the vehicle and the registered owner is known to them. The investigation is ongoing.

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Slippery road conditions are to blame for a number of motor vehicle accidents in the past few days.

Nelson Police would like to remind the motoring public to adjust their driving habits.

"When roads are slippery, slow down. Drivers should also leave additional space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front," Nelson Police sergeant Paul Bayes wrote in a media release.

"Driver should always be courteous on the road particularly when they’re in a traffic jam. If a lane is closed and people are signalling to get over, please let them in where possible. Even when roadways are congested, traffic will flow much more smoothly if drivers cooperate and look out for one another."

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