On January 15, at approximately 12:30 am, a Ste Rose du Lac RCMP officer was on patrol on Highway 5 when a motorist was seen changing a tire on the side of the road. Because of the extreme temperatures, the officer pulled over to assist.

The officer noticed there were no license plates on the vehicle. When the officer questioned the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, he could not provide any registration or bills of sale. The driver did not have a license and provided a name the officer suspected was false.

When the officer approached the vehicle, open alcohol was seen. The man was verbally arrested for failing to have a license and having open liquor. He was taken into custody for Obstructing a Peace Officer by not providing his true identity.

A search of the vehicle found money, several individual bags containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and various gift cards. When the man was searched, police found a bag of a substance believed to be cocaine as well as empty baggies and multiple cell phones.

Once in cells, the male could not be fingerprinted due to injuries sustained while changing a tire in freezing temperatures. He did provide a name to officers, and Clint Nepinak, 28, from Dauphin, was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

Nepinak was found to have three warrants out for his arrest for Failure to Comply x2 and Failure to Attend Court. He is charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x2 and Obstructing a Peace Officer. He also received an open liquor ticket.

He is remanded in custody.