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Posted: July 8, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, July 1 through July 7, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 75 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.

Missing hikers found at home in Edmonton

On Monday, July 1 at 3:45 p.m. Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of overdue hikers in the Bugaboo Provincial Park. Three hikers were hiking in the Bugaboos and hadn’t been heard from since Friday night. Police requested the assistance of Columbia Valley Search & Rescue and Bugaboo resort staff to assist with the search. At about 8 p.m. the same evening police learned the missing hikers had returned to Edmonton and all were safe.

Stolen dirt bike found at Munn Lake

On the evening of Tuesday, July 2, a red and white 2006 Honda CR80 dirt bike was stolen from the back yard of a residence on Panorama Drive in Invermere. On July 5 the dirt bike was located in a ditch near Munn Lake and returned to its owner.

Young cyclist injured in collision with car

On Wednesday, July 3, at 11:15 a.m., RCMP attended a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist near 12th Avenue and 15th Street in Invermere. A black Honda Accord was travelling southbound on 12th Avenue when a 10-year-old cyclist failed to stop for traffic as he came out of an alley. The cyclist struck the side of the car, fortunately he was not injured. The car sustained minor damage from the impact.

Camera stolen from unlocked vehicle

On Thursday, July 4 a resident on Antler Ridge Road in Windermere reported someone had gone through his unlocked Mercedes and Ford pickup on the morning of June 27 and stole his Nikon D5200 camera.

Trethewey gate damaged

On Friday, July 5, damage was reported to a gate at Trethewey Beach properties in Windermere. A lock had been broken and the ballast for the gate had been removed making the gate inoperable. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP.

Three-day IRP in Canal Flats

On Friday, July 5, at about 7:15 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Saturn SL in Canal Flats. The driver admitted to having a beer and a glass of wine earlier in the evening. The officer read a breath demand which resulted in the driver blowing a “warn” which meant the driver’s blood alcohol concentration was between 60 and 99 mg%. The driver provided a second breath sample which also resulted in a “warn.” The driver was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition.

No injuries in crash near Radium

On Friday, July 5, at about 9 p.m., police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Radium Hot Springs. Police attended and located a silver 2006 Saturn Ion in the ditch but no driver at the scene. Within a short period of time the driver attended the RCMP Detachment and explained he was in a curve on the highway when his car hydroplaned causing him to lose control. An officer provided the driver and his passenger a ride to the hospital to be checked out.

Alcohol involved in Edgewater crash

On Saturday, July 6 at 7 a.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Edgewater. A grey Chevrolet Silverado had gone off the road and struck a telephone pole. The driver was transported to Invermere and District Hospital to be assessed prior to police arrival. An officer spoke to the driver at the hospital and observed signs of alcohol impairment. The officer read the driver a blood demand in order to establish the driver’s blood/alcohol concentration. The driver was also issued a 24-hour driving prohibition.

No injuries in crash near Kootenay Crossing

On Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. police responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Kootenay Crossing in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Toyota Rav 4 was eastbound when she went off the road and down a small embankment. The driver was not injured.

Pedestrian sustains minor injuries when struck

On Saturday, July 6, shortly before noon, a pedestrian was struck by a Ford Escape at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 4th Street in Invermere. The driver of the Ford Escape was making a left turn from 4th Street to 7th Avenue when she struck a 69-year-old female who was crossing on 7th Avenue. The pedestrian received minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is commander of the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment


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