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Posted: April 2, 2014

Coffee thrown in woman’s face during domestic argument

ssgtmshehovacColumbia Valley RCMP Report

By S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

At 6 p.m. on March 27, a Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment officer, while attending to an incident at the Invermere and District Hospital, was directed by a doctor to injuries that he observed to a female in his care. It was determined that an eye injury was the result of hot coffee being thrown at a 50-year-old female victim during a domestic argument. Police responded later to a residence in the 7500 block of Main Street in Radium Hot Springs and arrested a 49-year-old male for assault. The male will appear in Invermere Provincial Court May 12.

Liquor consumption leads to dispute

At 7 p.m. on March 26, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment responded to a complaint of disturbance at a private residence in the 4800 block of Riverview Drive in Edgewater.  It was determined that two roommates were arguing over the liquor consumption inside the residence contrary to an agreement. The dispute was settled without charges being laid.

The penalty is the same; refuse or fail

At 2:15 a.m. on March 29, a 2010 Dodge Ram driven by a 20-year-old male from Invermere was stopped on 10th Avenue near Pharmasave due to the manner in which the vehicle was being driven.

The driver displayed signs of having consumed liquor and was given the ASD demand.  The driver, claiming he had not been drinking, refused to provide a sample. The officer making the request made it clear that if the driver had not been drinking then he would blow a pass and be allowed to carry on. However, by refusing the officer would then proceed to impound the vehicle and prohibit the driver for 90 days. The driver refused to provide a sample and opted for the impoundment and prohibition.

In a situation like this, blowing gives you that option to prove to the police that you are good to drive. Refusing gives the police and yourself no option. The penalty is the same, refuse or fail. The consumption of alcohol does confuse one’s ability to make judgement calls.

Out-of-bounders rescued thanks to phone GPS

At 3:30 p.m. on March 29, Panorama Ski Patrol was contacted via cell phone from a 39-year-old male from Calgary advising that he and his son had gone out of bounds at Panorama Mountain Village and were lost. The cell phone provided a GPS for the patrol who were able to attend via helicopter then guide father and son to safety.

Bonners Ferry man crashes in KNP

Columbia Valley Detachment along with BC Ambulance and Invermere Fire Rescue responded to a single vehicle accident near Dolly Varden in Kootenay National Park. A Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by a 54-year-old male from Bonners Ferry, Idaho lost control of the vehicle on icy road condition, went onto the shoulder and rolled over. The male received non life threatening injuries and was taken to Invermere and District Hospital.

Profiling at its best

One should never judge a book by its cover, but in police work at times sizing up fast is an instinct for survival. Sometimes we’re right; sometimes we are way off base. A Vancouver motorcycle cop using his instinct did go with his gut feeling and made a judgment call that was wrong. However his gut feeling validated what I wanted him to think.

Bev and I purchased a brand new Thunderbird while living in Maple Ridge.  Friends were visiting and we thought it would be nice to give them a ride around Vancouver to show them the sights. Driving around Vancouver, I realized I’m being pulled over by a motorcycle cop. Unless my wife’s car is about to be impounded, anytime I’m stopped I don’t identify myself as a police officer or show my badge. Hence the explanation for some of my tickets.

I wasn’t aware of any infractions committed, so I had no idea why I’m being pulled over. The officer requested that I step out of the vehicle and meet him by the trunk of the car. I can tell from his questions and body language he was very mindful of officer safety and he had some suspicion of me. The circumstances warranted me to inform this officer that I was a police officer. We both got into our comfort zone and we chatted. I asked him why he stopped me and his response was, “you and the car did not match.”

I walked away from this experience with the confirmation that the look is working for me!


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