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ATVs stolen from PanoramaPosted: August 2, 2012

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

On July 27, the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment received a complaint of theft of two side-by-side ATVs stolen from a residence at Panorama. One is a Polaris Razor 9′ by 4.5′, 800 CC, red in color with Mag tires. This ATV has a winter kit and a fully enclosed system. A winch is also on this ATV. The second ATV is described as a Polaris Raxor, Silver in color with Red, black and white coloring. Also a 800 CC with mag tires.

Serious injuries in drug-related fall

At 4:15 p.m., July 27, Columbia Valley Detachment responded to assist BC ambulance in regards to a call of a male who was having a bad reaction to drugs taken. A friend with the 24-year-old male later advised the police his friend has taken some chemical type drug. The male began acting irrational and prior to the arrival of the ambulance and police the male jumped from the upper deck of the pool and landed on cement from a height of approx 20 feet. The male suffered multiple internal injuries, the most serious being a head injury. The male from Sherwood Park, Alta., was stabilized at Invermere and District Hospital and flown to Calgary Foothills hospital. His condition is serious.

Invermere DUI

At almost midnight on July 27, Columbia Valley Detachment observed a speeding vehicle near 7th Ave and 14th Street.  The 2007 Chev pickup, driven by a 20-year-old male from Invermere was stopped and the driver displayed signs of impairment. An ASD demand was read at which time the male blew a fail. The driver’s licence was suspended and the vehicle impounded.

Backroad crash

Columbia Valley Detachment responded July 28 to a complaint of a 2005 Pontiac Grand-Am in the ditch near Forester’s Landing Rd, off Horsethief Creek Rd.  The driver, a 49-year-old male from Radium was located.  His driver’s licence was suspended for 2 hours and vehicle was impounded for 24 hours. The male was also given a ticket for speed relative to road conditions.

Prowlers reported

At 10:37 p.m. on July 29 Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to a report of two males prowling in the area of houses near Eacrett Rd. Patrols by the police were negative.

Speeder, drinking driver suspect loses vehicle for 30 days

At 3:17 a.m. on July 29, a Columbia Valley Detachment member observed a vehicle speeding in the area of Laurier Rd. The ‘97 Acura, driven by a 23-year-old male from Calgary, was stopped on Athalmer and Sarah Rd.  The driver displayed symptoms of drinking and an ASD demand was read. The male refused the test. His licence was suspended and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. The driver was also charged for driving without insurance.

ATVs stolen near Spilli’

Two quads were reported stolen in the area of Galena School Road on July 29.  One is a green Bombardier 400 and the other a red Yamaha.

With the good weather our thieves are driving about and valuable items such as the ATVs and Quads reported are easy prey.

Wallet stolen from vehicle at beach

A wallet was stolen out of vehicle while parked at Kinsmen Beach on July 29.  The doors were locked. However, the windows were down enough for someone to reach in and unlock the door.  Keep your valuable items out of sight. Better to secure them in the trunk.

Canal Flats woman charged with DUI after crash with semi

At 1:30 a.m. on July 30 Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to an accident involving a 2006 Dodge Caravan van, driven by a 33-year-old female from Canal Flats and a Semi driven by a 57-year-old male from Radium.  The semi had entered Highway 93/95 from Burns Avenue in Canal flats to travel north bound. The van was south bound and entered into the path of the semi. Fortunately the semi driver was able to reduce his speed.  The 33-year-old female was found to show signs of being impaired. A breath demand was read at which time at the detachment the female blew over .08.  The driver is charged with driving over.08 and impaired driving. Her court date is set for Oct 9.

Pucker Factor

A police terminology that happens during a shift when things are going fine, life is good, everything is happening according to plan, wife is happy, I have my ‘81 corvette brand new, and in a heartbeat you go into a life threatening situation. Happened to me one fine day while working traffic.

I was on traffic section many years ago in my constable days for a period of six months. I was able to locate my medication, got normal and was removed from traffic section. It was a routine stop of a car. However, in this instance, as soon as I pulled over the car the driver sprang out of it.  I don’t like it when that happens. The male immediately opens his rear door and he reaches in for something.  I really don’t like that. I exit my police car as quick as I can only to see the male back out from reaching in and now he’s pulling out a rifle.  I really, really hate that.  Pucker factor kicks in. As I’m reaching for my, back then, six shooter, I can see that the male is not holding the gun in a threatening manner, and he’s walking over to his trunk to open it with his key.  I yelled at the guy to drop the rifle on the ground.  He does and I get him to back away from the rifle. Once I secured the rifle I turned to the male and asked what the hell was he thinking of.  His main concern I learned is that he knew he had an insecure rifle in the car and would get hell for having it there and he wanted to put it in the trunk. We discussed his poor timing and judgment. He thanked me for not shooting him. I thanked him for the rifle. Oh yeah, since I was a traffic man, he got a speeding ticket.  I then went on to the next traffic stop.

By S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment


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