Motorist follows GPS directions into Gull Lake

Driver suffers minor injuries, plus other Rimbey RCMP files

A motorist suffered minor injuries after driving into Gull Lake.

The accident occurred near Raymond Shores late at night when a driver, not familiar with the area, followed his GPS right into Gull Lake which showed five more kilometres of road remained. The driver did suffer a minor injury while getting out of the sinking vehicle.

It was busy last week of July for the Rimbey RCMP, who responded to 60 calls including a car theft and two reports for dangerous driving along with an accident.

RCMP noted this is a strong reminder to be aware of your surroundings and not be distracted or rely solely on devices for directions, as the incident could have been avoided. As a result, the driver was issued a $287 distracted driving ticket.

Police also checked out a car left in the ditch on Highway 20, appearing to have lost control and crossed the opposite lane, coming to rest along an electric fence on the west side of the highway. After calling the registered owner, the story that followed included good news and some acts of kindness.

The vehicle belonged to a man who was at the hospital with his expectant wife, who explained a mechanical failure caused the loss of control in the early morning hours as they were heading to a medical appointment in Edmonton.

However, through a nearby resident’s kindness, the couple were able to get to Drayton Valley, then to Edmonton in time for the appointment.

Anyone with information regarding any crimes is urged to call their local RCMP Detachment Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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