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Columbia Valley RCMP ReportPosted: April 10, 2012

Driver fails sobriety test

Columbia Valley RCMP officers observed a 94 Ford Aerostar van speeding in the Industrial park area at 9:20 p.m. on April 5. When the driver observed the police vehicle it made a U-turn and departed the area. The van was stopped on Panorama Drive. The male driver displayed signs of being impaired. An ASD demand was read and the driver failed.  The male is charged with refusing to provide as well as driving without a driver’s licence and no insurance. He is to appear in court July 9.

Back-to-back crashes in Radium

Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a single vehicle accident at 12:04 p.m. on April 6. A 1999 GMC drove off the road at Radium Valley Rd. and Hwy 95. One person was trapped in this rollover. Radium Fire, Invermere Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance attended to assist.  It was determined that the driver, a 16-year-old female from Forest Grove, turned off the highway too fast and lost control causing the vehicle to roll. All injuries were minor in nature. The driver was charged with fail to keep right.

Just 26 minutes later Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to a single vehicle accident on Hwy. 93 just west of Radium Drive. A 2008 Ford pickup driven by a 35-year-old male from Edmonton lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the ditch. The driver sustained minor injuries and was charged with Fail to keep Right.

Canal Flats woman arrested

Columbia Valley Detachment members responded to a disturbance complaint in the 4800 block of Burns Avenue in Canal Flats at 12:03 a.m. on April 7. As a result of the complaint a 19-year-old female from Canal Flats was arrested for breaching her previous undertaking.  The woman is charged with two counts of breaching as a result of having contact with a person she was not to have contact with and for consuming alcohol.  She was arrested and lodged in cells for the night.  She was released again on conditions for court June 4.

Vehicle broken into in Whiteswan

Columbia Valley Detachment received a report of theft from vehicle while parked in the Whiteswan area on April 4.

The back window was smashed and a black and silver iPod was stolen along with a Tom Tom GPS, $30 cash and jacket.

Police promise more patrols looking for ATVers in Canal Flats

It seems to be common practice in the Canal Flats community for people to drive around in ATV’s and dirt bikes on roads. This weekend two adults from Calgary were checked.  A 23-year-old male was given a 24 hours driver’s licence suspension and a 24-year-old male was charged with no insurance. Further patrols will be made during the summer.

Radium man fails ASD demand

On April 9, a 53-year-old male from Radium Hot Springs refused an ASD demand. As a result the male’s driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his 1993 Nissan Pathfinder has been seized for 30 days. The male was also charged with driving without a licence and no insurance.

Get to keep my gun

Every year I have to qualify at the gun range in order to keep my gun. Even though I pretty much use if for paper weight nowadays I still have to be proficient with it. I have mentioned the trial and tribulations I go through every year during this time. Readers have been cautioned to stay clear of any target I may be aiming at. For some reason in the last year my vision in the right eye has gone rapidly downhill.  With 36 years under my belt and getting up in age, I am classified as ‘Old School.’  In fact Cpl. Simpson often refers to me as “Markosorus.” Nice guy. This year, as the range instructor lined us up and we are ready to shoot, I raised my hand to stop the process. The instructor who happens to be a good friend comes over and I advise him in a low voice, so the others couldn’t hear, that I  can’t see the sights clearly and the target down range is a massive blur.  “Blind as a bat bud, what do I do?”

In my job I usually delegate, so why not delegate someone to shoot for me. The fellow to my left is my subordinate and he could probably qualify with bullets to spare. I could tell him to shoot a few holes in my target. My friend tells me to close the right eye and aim with the left. It was awkward to say the least. Bottom line: I qualified and the paper weight can remain in my holster.

The end result of this experience was a quick trip to Cranbrook and cataracts done to my right eye with the best lens money could buy.  So I can put everyone on notice now, no need to run for cover if you ever see me taking aim. However, now that my right eye is good, the left eye that I thought was okay, is really hooped.

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment

NCO S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

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