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Posted: December 3, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Cpl. L-P. Gendron-Fafard

This past week, November 24 through December 1, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 44 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files to which our officers responded.

Overdue hunters confirmed safe

Early in the morning of November 29, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of overdue hunters. The hunters had left that morning for a day of hunting east of Canal Flats. Before the research effort could be coordinated, the complainant contacted police to indicated that the hunters were safe and sound but that their vehicle had gotten stuck in an area without cellular services. Everyone was confirmed to be safe.

Two wanted for Canal Flats break and enter

In the early morning of November 30, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a glass break alarm at the Family Pantry in Canal Flats. Police responded immediately to the report and initiated their investigation into the break and enter. Video footage was obtained from the location.

Police are looking for two males. The first male was wearing a grey and black vertical stripped hoody, a red hat, brown shoes and dark pants with yellow work gloves. The second male wore a black hoody with white graphics, black pants with black and white vans shoes. Both males departed on foot northbound and were observed standing in front of the Canal Flats Arena shortly after the break in.

Police did not locate the males through immediate patrols but are following up on tips received. Any information regarding this investigation can be brought to the attention of Cst. Joy by quoting file number 2019-3123 or by contacting Crime Stoppers.

Cannabis impaired driver suspended 24 hours

In the evening of November 30, a police officer from the East Kootenay Traffic Services completed a traffic stop with a Mitsubishi vehicle registered in British Columbia. During the traffic stop, the male driver indicated that he had consumed marijuana approximately two hours prior to driving his vehicle. The officer conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and the driver failed. The driver was issued a license suspension for 24 hours and his vehicle was impounded for 24 hours as well.

Three day suspension

In the evening of November 30, a police officer from Columbia Valley RCMP completed a traffic stop with Dodge Ram for speeding on Highway 93/95. The driver denied consuming any liquor. The officer requested a mandatory breath sample from the driver.  The sample obtained from the driver was found to be above the provincially set limit. The driver was issued a driving suspension of three days. The vehicle was also impounded for three days.

– Cpl. L-P. Gendron-Fafard is a member of Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment


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