December 30, 2021 Media Release

2021 Festive Season Checkstop Program – Week 4 Results

The Festive Season Checkstop program is again on the road for 2021. Motorists can expect to see our officers conducting checkstops throughout the holiday season enforcing Impaired Driving legislation.

Impaired driving continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Canada, yet it is 100% preventable. It's important to remember that driving while impaired by alcohol,  cannabis or any other drug, is a crime.

If you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DON’T DRIVE.

Week 4 results:

  • 280 cars stopped during high visibility set ups
  • 8 impaired drivers were processed by police
  • 36 Roadside breath tests were conducted, 6 of which resulted in readings that resulted in immediate roadside driving prohibitions
  • 18 traffic tickets issued

The Winnipeg Police Service would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable festive season. 

The 2021 Festive Checkstop program is made possible through our supporting partner, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

Impaired Driving/Collision involving Pedestrian – Arrest: C21-301334

On December 29, 2021, at 8:59 p.m., a North District General Patrol supervisor came across a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian (in a wheelchair) at Main Street and Inkster Boulevard.

The officer tended to the injured pedestrian, a female in her 50’s, and other police units arrived soon after. The vehicle driver had remained at the scene and was placed under arrest for impaired driving.

The pedestrian was transported to a hospital in critical condition, where she remains but has been stabilized.

A 46-year-old male of St. Andrews is facing charges of:

- Operation of a Conveyance CBH While Impaired to Any Degree by BAC or Drug or a Combination of Both
- Fail or Refuse to Comply with Demand

He was released on an Appearance Notice (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

The investigation is continuing by members of the Traffic Division. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information regarding the matter is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Commercial Break & Enter – Arrest: C21-301384

On December 29, 2021, at 11:17 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a break & enter at a business in the area of Portage Avenue and Donald Street. A caller had reported seeing broken glass and a male inside the store.

Tactical Support Team members, with the assistance of the K9 Unit and General Patrol officers, conducted a search of the business – safely taking a male suspect into custody.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Christopher Philip Edward Beach, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit – Place

He was detained in custody.

Break & Enters – Public Assistance Requested: C21-273686

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are asking the public for their assistance with locating Devon Allan Bath, a 36-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Investigators believe he is responsible for 21 break-ins to various businesses across Winnipeg between November 11 and November 30, 2021 – which caused over $75,000 in property damage and theft. As a result, a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Bath is described as a Black male, 6’1” tall, and approximately 208 lbs with a medium build. He has brown eyes and is believed to have black hair.

Anyone with information regarding Bath’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061