Columbia Valley RCMP Report
Drunk in public
At 2:31 a.m. on July 31, the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment received a complaint of a disturbance involving an intoxicated male. The 36-year-old male from Invermere was located on 17th Street. He was lodged in cells for being drunk in public.
Possible unaware hit and run
At 1:12 a.m. on July 27, Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of hit and run involving a parked 2013 Honda in the No Frills parking lot. The offending vehicle, a Ford F-150, had made contact with the Honda causing scratches. There is a possibility that the driver of the Ford may not have realized contact was made. A plate was obtained and contact will be made with the owner of the Ford.
Collision with elk near Fairmont
On July 31 the detachment received a report of a vehicle collision involving a 2008 Honda Civic and an elk on Highway 93/95 near Fairmont Hot Springs.
There were no injuries to the driver. Honda will need a new bumper. The elk was located and dispatched by the attending officer.
Noise complaint; cooperative people
Detachment Members responded to a noise complaint at the Lakeview Meadows community beach at 1:30 a.m. on August 2. A number of people were spoken to at which time the group departed the area. Cooperation is always appreciated when we deal with these types of complaints.
Shuswap Band B&E
At 11:40 a.m. on August 2, Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a break and enter at a residence on the Shuswap Band residential area. A residence was entered and items were damaged and thrown around the house. Nothing was reported missing at this time.
Stubborn patron arrested for drunk in public
The Detachment was called to a disturbance at the Whitehouse Pub in Windermere at 11:30 p.m. on August 2, where an intoxicated male was refusing to leave. Police located the 38-year-old male near the pub and arrested him for drunk in public.
At 2:25 a.m. on August 3, detachment members initiated an impaired investigation when they checked a Toyota on Laurier Street.
The 26-year-old male driver displayed signs of being impaired. An ASD demand was given. The driver blew a fail and he was given a three-day licence prohibition and vehicle impounded for three days.
In this corner
On my many chats throughout my career on all sorts of topics I have come to realize that in one corner is Marko the police officer and in the other corner Marko the father.
When we were without child I gave great advice to parents. I was brilliant. Then we were with child and I got educated. The police officer and the father often would come into conflict.
Our son didn’t get into the big deal of drinking at bush parties until his grad year. All of a sudden it became a rite of passage and a priority with him. My lecture is be responsible, have a backup plan, be safe and call me.
I recall one evening alone with my son he informed me that he was going up to Three Poles, a popular drinking spot for the kids. I asked what he would be taking. He responded that someone will have something. My fear, drinking something and not knowing what might be in the drink.
As his mother was not around I told him to grab some beer from the fridge just don’t let Mom know. Father-son thing. Have to start teaching him husband etiquette.
Just as he is about to head out the door looking like a chipmunk with his mouth full looking at the several bulges in every pocket available to him, his mother, my wife walks in. She’s like a customs officer, she knows. Could have been the looks on our face. Son says he has to run and makes good his escape. I confess with explanation.
Would have been nice to have a beer after the confession, but none to be had.