A bail condition set for a man charged with impaired driving and breach of probation suggests there may be more to the story.
City police reported Friday morning that they’d pulled over a vehicle, a 1993 Dodge Spirit, on the 1700-block of College Avenue around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
Police said the car was pulled over when it was noticed that the driver wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
It’s alleged that the officer then noted the smell of alcohol coming from the car and the driver showed signs of intoxication. An open bottle of liquor was found inside the car and the driver was found in possession of several “edged weapons,” police say.
Brandon Police Service Const. Ron Burgess specified that the driver was allegedly found with a large pocket knife in his pocket and there was also a razor blade in the car.
Tests indicated that the driver had more than the legal amount of alcohol in his system. He was also bound by a probation order out of British Columbia that directed him to abstain from alcohol and not possess weapons.
Jorg Rautenberg, 48, faces impaired driving charges and three counts of breach of probation.
He was also charged with failing to wear a seatbelt and keeping liquor in an unauthorized place.
The allegations against him haven’t been proven in court.
It appears Rautenberg used to live in British Columbia, but the tickets handed out during Thursday’s traffic stop indicate he has an address in Maryfield, Sask., even though he was granted bail on Friday morning to live in Brandon.
But it’s a list of names read during his brief court appearance that’s of interest.
As part of his bail plan, Rautenberg has to stay away from a list of men read out by Crown attorney Jim Ross who consented to release.
The list includes the name of one man who was once described as a local drug kingpin and Hells Angels associate.
That man was arrested in August 1999 as the result of a major undercover drug sting and in April 2000 he was sentenced to eight years in prison.
He has since returned to the Brandon area.
Another name on the list is that of a man who was found wearing Hells Angels clothing at a city bar back in May 2011.
Another man on the list — also known to sport HA clothing — was recently sentenced to prison after getting caught in a city home with $10,500 worth of cocaine back in April 2010.
His partner in the drug operation was yet another man on the list.
Despite all this, no evidence has been presented that links the men to the Hells Angels, although last year Winnipeg police connected the outlaw biker gang to a local group dubbed the Soldiers of Sin.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 2, 2013