Laval motorists warned to watch out for deer

By Robert Frank

Laval patrol officers have had to euthanize a wild deer that they found on Highway 335 St. Saëns in Autheuil, after it was struck by a motor vehicle.

“The driver fled the scene,” Sgt. Frédéric Jean told The Suburban, “though from the debris at the scene, it obviously did a lot of damage to the car.”

Police are warning drivers to be alert for wildlife crossing the Laval roads, particularly at night.

“It’s quite problematic on Highway 335, north of Highway 40, and on Highway 13 and the service road, as well as Marcel Villeneuve St. François and Highway 25,” warned Sgt. Jean. “These accidents usually lead to a loss of control, and can cause the car to leave the road often in proximity of static barriers or trees. A deer can weigh as much as a person and poses a serious hazard to compact and sub-compact cars, because it can go through the windshield, causing a fatality or serious injury.”

“Drivers should remain on the scene after such an accident,” he added. “They need to file a proper accident report so they can make a claim through their insurance firm for accident or injury, and it’s important to report the collision to ensure that the animal doesn’t suffer needlessly.”

Moose, which are much more deadly to encounter on the road, have not been seen in Laval for several years, though Île Jésus still has a thriving fox and coyote population.

ABM robbers put away

Wielding a pistol and and axe Jean-Michel Dubé, 29, and Clifford Dervin, 35, robbed bank machine users all over Laval and were involved in a home invasion in July. Today, they’re in custody awaiting trial, after Laval police arrested them, Sept. 19.

“They would threaten people leaving a banking machine, and force them to make a $500 withdrawal,” reported Sgt. Jean. “They have been charged with five counts of armed robbery in Chomedey, Duvernay, Laval West and Fabreville and for a home invasion on Mille Îles.”

Dubé is a resident of Bois des Filion and Dervin lived in Auteuil.

Interprovincial bank robbers busted
Laval police were involved in an operation, Sept. 20, that saw them arrest two men who had made off more than $600,000 in a series of bank robberies in Quebec and Ontario.

“We worked in cooperation with Sûreté du Quebec, Gatineau, Ottawa and Ontario Provincial Police,” said Sgt. Jean. “Daniel Loyer, 44, and Stéphane Bélanger, 35, had attempted to rob TD Bank and Bank of Montreal outlets in Laval in August.”

“The had committed another armed robbery in Vaudreuil and four in Ontario: Sault St. Marie, Sudbury, Stittsville and Cambridge.”

“It was an operation that was coordinated over a two-month period,” Sgt. Jean explained. “After the Sûreté du Québec tactical squad executed the search warrant in Gatineau, the pair were transported to the Laval regional detention centre and were brought before the court, Sept. 23.”

The Ontario Provincial Police have taken charge of the four cases in their jurisdiction, which will be tried before an Ontario court,” he added.

Loyer previously served a ten-year sentence for a similar crime.

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