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Posted: March 10, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, March 2 through March 8, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 49 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Truck driver ticketed after hitting utility pole

On Tuesday, March 3 at 8:30 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP and Radium Fire Department responded to a single vehicle collision on East Main Street in Radium Hot Springs. The driver of a commercial transport truck had reversed into a utility pole which caused major damage to the pole. Nobody was injured in this incident. The driver of the truck was issued violation tickets for reversing when unsafe and failing to fill out a daily log.

Refusal to leave nets stint in cells

On Thursday, March 5 at 7:45 a.m. police were called to a residence in Canal Flats for an intoxicated male who was refusing to leave. An officer attended and arrested the male for mischief. The male was held in cells until sober to prevent the continuation of the offence.

Gas and dash leads to eventual arrest

On Thursday, Mach 5, at about 8 a.m., police received a report of a gas and dash from a Windermere gas station. The suspect vehicle was a blue Pontiac Montana van with Alberta plates. At about 8:30 a.m. police received a second report of a suspicious male in Windermere driving a similar van. Police began a search for the vehicle and at about 2 p.m. an officer located the suspect vehicle on the White Swan Forest Service Road south of Canal Flats. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Calgary. A lone male occupant was arrested for possession of stolen property. The male was also wanted on a warrant out of Kelowna. The 24-year-old male from Airdrie was charged with possession of stolen property.

Impaired driver removed from Westroc Mine Road

On Thursday, March 5, at about 8:20 p.m. police stopped a Toyota Tacoma on Westroc Mine Road in Windermere. The officer suspected the driver had been drinking and read a breath demand. The driver blew a fail and as a result, he received a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Impaired driver in Invermere

On Friday, March 6, at about 7:50 p.m., police received a report of a dark coloured SUV parked in the middle of the road on Tarte Street in Invermere. Police attended and spoke to the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder. While speaking to the driver the officer observed an open bottle of vodka sitting on the passenger seat. The driver submitted to a breath demand and blew two “fails.” As a result, he was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Another impaired driver in Invermere

On Friday, March 6, at 11:45 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Toyota 4-Runner near 7th Avenue in Invermere. While speaking to the driver the officer noted an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver submitted to a breath demand and blew a “fail.” As a result, he was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

And another impaired driver in Invermere

On Saturday, March 7, at about 2:50 a.m., an officer stopped to speak to the driver of a Jeep Cherokee that was idling outside a business on 13th Street. The officer suspected the driver had been drinking and read a breath demand. The driver refused to provide a sample and as a result, was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Driver uninjured in rollover near Olive Lake

On Saturday, March 7, at 10:45 a.m., police responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover near Olive Lake in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Toyota Tercel lost control of her vehicle in a curve and rolled the vehicle. The driver was uninjured.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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