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Posted: November 5, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, October 28 through November 3, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 71 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files to which our officers responded.

90 day IRP and 30 day vehicle impoundment

On Monday, October 28, at 10:20 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop with a Pontiac G6 on Columbia Avenue in Invermere. Upon speaking to the driver, the officer requested breath samples which the driver complied with. The driver provided two breath samples and both resulted in “fails.” As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition (IRP) and the driver’s vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Driver uninjured after rolling into Toby Creek

On Tuesday, October 29, at about 8:15 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Panorama Drive. The driver and lone occupant of a brown Nissan Pathfinder lost control of her vehicle and went off the road and rolled into Toby Creek. The driver was not injured. The driver was served a violation ticket for failing to keep right.

Chevy Trax stolen from Radium residence

On Tuesday, October 29, a resident on Copper Horn Drive in Radium Hot Springs reported a grey 2015 Chevy Trax with B.C. license plate PN048D was stolen from her residence sometime overnight. The vehicle has not yet been located.

Three-day IRP in Fairmont

On Saturday, November 2 at 11 p.m. the driver of a Dodge Durango came through a police road check that was being conducted in Fairmont Hot Springs. The driver confirmed he had consumed a few drinks prior to driving. A roadside breath test was administered which resulted in two “warns.” As a result, the driver was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition.

Prohibited driving arrest leads to deeper investigation

On Sunday, November 3, at 1 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a grey Pontiac Sunfire near the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce in Invermere. The driver was not able to produce a valid driver’s license or vehicle registration. The driver was discovered to be prohibited from driving. As a result, the driver was arrested for prohibited driving. During the traffic stop the officer also noticed a box full of stripped copper wire in the vehicle. The investigation into the source of the copper wire is ongoing. In addition to the prohibited driving offence, the driver was also issued a violation ticket for driving without insurance and no driver’s license.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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