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Posted: July 28, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Enough bikes

The Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment has enough bikes at present time to send north. Do not drop off any more bikes for now.

Thanks to SAR

Our thanks to Invermere Search and Rescue for their quick action on gathering together to locate a missing hiker that was reported missing from a hike in the Jumbo/Toby Creek area. The male departed Saturday and failed to return to his residence in Panorama. The male was located Monday morning.

B&E/theft at Fairmont business

At 7 a.m. on July 23, the detachment investigated a break enter and theft at Fairmont Pizza and Ice Cream shop where a sum of money was stolen. Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment.

Landlord/tenant dispute

At 1 p.m. on July 23, as a result of a complaint of a landlord tenant dispute the Detachment was contacted to investigate a complaint of threat. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle vandalism

A7 5:48 p.m. on July 23, a ‘97 Ford F150 parked at the Village Country Inn in Radium Hot Springs had the driver’s door lock damaged. No entry was gained.

iPhone turned into detachment

On July 24 an Apple iPhone 4 was turned into the detachment.

Must have been some moves

At 1:50 a.m. on July 25, police were called to assist B.C. Ambulance in front of Bud’s Bar. A male had appeared to have broken his ankle on the dance floor. Cst Myers concluded that police attendance was not necessary other than required for his good looks. His words on the file, not mine.

Kamloops man fails ASD

While on routine patrol July 25, a 2012 Chev pickup was checked on 10th Ave. A 28-year-old male from Kamloops blew a fail on the ASD and was prohibited from driving for 90 days and his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Zero tolerance

At 3:25 a.m. on July 25, a 25-year-old male with possessing a new driver’s licence was checked. Although not over .08 his licence classification stipulates zero alcohol in the body. The driver was issued a 12-hour suspension.

Minor injuries in crash

At 4:30 p.m. on July 25, the detachment attended to a single vehicle accident on Highway 93 near Radium Hot Springs. A 20-year-old driver from Calgary was southbound and lost control of his 2002 Nissan on wet pavement. The accident resulted in minor injuries to the driver.

Three-day prohibition

At 12:03 a.m. on July 25, a driver was observed to fail to stop for a stop sign on 9th Street. The 24-year-old driver from Panorama had been drinking. The male blew a warning on an ASD and was given a three-day driving prohibition.

Bike collision with deer

At 7 a.m. on July 26, a 58-year-old driver of a 2015 Indian Chiiv motorcycle collided with a deer on Highway 93 near Radium. The driver was ejected from his bike and suffered non life threatening injuries and was checked out at the hospital.

Bald tires cause crash

At 3:25 p.m. on July 26, the detachment responded to a single vehicle rollover on Panorama Drive. A 2007 Saab, driven by an 18-year-old male from Edmonton, went off the road on a curve. The road was wet at the time and it was observed that the tires on the vehicle had very little tread. The driver was issued with a ticket for driving with bald tires.

Sobriety test

Heard this from a friend of a friend who had a cousin in the RCMP who had a friend tell of this situation.

There are times when one must be inventive with sobriety tests. Standard tests include standing straight feet together 45 degree angle. Stand on one leg. Arms out and touch your nose with the tip of your finger.

A lone officer had the unfortunate task of dealing with a highly intoxicated male who had the reputation of fighting his way into cells; a situation where you would like to have a backup officer assisting. Realizing his plight this officer convinced the highly intoxicated and volatile drunk that if he can pass a sobriety test at the detachment he would be released.

Back at the office the officer took a piece of chalk and drew a line going straight with a couple of sharp turns. If you have ever seen the “walk a straight line” sobriety test, the intoxicated person places all the concentration one can muster to focus on the line and his feet and will not look up. His goal is to not stray from the line.

In this instance, at the end of the line the intoxicated male turns around and proudly announces, “there I did pretty good” as the cellblock door slams shut. The only downfall of this sobriety test is you can only do it once on the same person. Some drunks I have dealt with, maybe twice.


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