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Posted: December 30, 2014

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Cpl. Brent Ayers

Columbia Valley RCMP

rcmplogoBetween the dates of December 23 and 30, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment has responded to roughly 54 calls for service. Nine of these complaints were motor vehicle accidents. Several complaints of thefts of skis were reported, including theft of seasonal decorations in the Timbermont area of Invermere.

Reports of domestic disturbances, in which some resulted in charges due to violence, were investigated. Reports of drug overdoses, drug trafficking and other suspected substance abuse investigations were reported. A few incidents of Mental Health Act situations were attended by RCMP members as well, but all safely handled.

Emergency agencies rescue fallers

On December 27, Columbia Valley RCMP was dispatched to an assist general public file. It was reported that two people with their dog had fallen down a 100-foot embankment behind Pine Tree Place in Invermere. One of the subjects was reported as being injured and there was no way to get to them.

The RCMP activated Columbia Valley Search and Rescue and their attendance was made with Invermere Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance. Invermere Fire Rescue was able to rope down to the patients and retrieve all without incident. One subject was transported to Invermere & District Hospital showing signs of hypothermia as well having received multiple lacerations from the fall. Cst. Scott Myers, along with all representatives of the Columbia Valley RCMP, wish to thank all first responders involved.

Unruly visitor lands behind bars

On December 27, Columbia Valley RCMP were requested to attend Copper Point Resort, Invermere as a result of a group of guests in the hot tub being unruly, yelling at other patrons while intoxicated and failing to leave at the request of Hotel Security Staff. Initial attendance was made and one male subject was ultimately escorted off the property by police and provided a ride to a neighbouring motel.

This subject returned, however, and was forcibly arrested the second time and lodged in cells. Charges of two counts of mischief along with one count of resisting arrest are being forwarded against the out-of-province 30-year-old male. Cpl. Ayers wishes to thank the staff of Copper Point Resort for their assistance in placing the subject in the back of the police truck without any major injury to the combatant; no injuries to the civilians or police. Any injuries to the combatant were self inflicted, witnessed by staff and patrons, hopefully caught on video camera.

Thanks for having my back!

Report of impaired driver leads to arrest

On December 23, at 12:15 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were advised of a male who was possibly driving impaired from the lookout at Panorama Mountain Village to Invermere, en-route back to Calgary. Details were provided of the vehicle.

While the RCMP member was attending she observed a similarly described vehicle travelling eastbound on Laurier Street in Invermere. Queries confirmed the details of the registered owner as originally provided confirming this had been the vehicle and driver reported. RCMP stopped the vehicle in front of the Canadian Tire on Athalmer Road. The driver admitted that they had some drinks, and RCMP gained grounds and read the lone driver the Approved Screening Device demand. The male blew twice into an ASD and failed twice and was served a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Out-of-bounds boarder safely recovered

On December 27, at 6:50 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP was advised of a reported missing snowboarder at Panorama Mountain Village. It was determined that the male snowboarder was last seen around noon snowboarding in some trees near ‘Roy’s Run’ and ‘Get Me Down.’

At 6:56 p.m., the Provincial Emergency Program was activated. At 7:30 p.m., Search and Rescue was about 15 minutes away from Panoraman. At 7:52 p.m., Panorama Ski Patrol made contact with the lost snowboarder as they had visual and were able to communicate with him.

Panorama Ski Patrol stated that the male was located at a common place on the mountain where snowboarders and skiers go out of bounds to look for better powder. At 9:09 p.m., Search and Rescue and Ski Patrol recovered the out-of-province snowboarder who was uninjured. Thanks again to all involved!

Snowmobiles and/or off road vehicle use is fun; please be advised that all snowmobiles being used on public lands need be registered regardless of which province it is from and thus will be checked, time permitting.

Best wishes for safe New Year’s

Columbia Valley RCMP wishes everyone a safe holiday season and sincerely passes on “all the best” for bringing in 2015. Dress appropriately for the weather and keep in mind that celebration with substances of a legal and or illegal nature can cause poor judgment even under the best of intentions and or situations.

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