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Posted: May 11, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, May 4 through May 10, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 58 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Golf carts reported on roadways

On Monday, May 4, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of golf carts operating on the roadways near the Lakeview Meadows subdivision in Windermere. Residents are reminded that golf carts are not permitted on public roadways.

Intoxicated male arrested after police fear for his ability to care for himself

On Tuesday, May 5, police received a report of an intoxicated male causing issues at a residence on Kootenay No. 3 Road in Windermere. Police located the male and were concerned for his ability to care for himself. Police arrested the male for mischief and held him in cells until he was sober.

Skis stolen from SAR snowmobile

On Wednesday, May 6, Columbia Valley Search & Rescue discovered someone had stolen the skis off a snowmobile that had been parked at the Search & Rescue hall. The theft occurred sometime overnight. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Suspected panhandlers with open liquor get ride home

On Wednesday, May 6, police received a report of a male and female panhandling in Invermere. An officer located the couple with open liquor near the arena. The liquor was seized and the couple was provided a ride home.

24-hour driving prohibition

On Friday, May 8, at about 9 p.m. an officer stopped the driver of a silver Volvo for speeding. The officer suspected the driver had alcohol in his system and read a roadside breath demand to the driver. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew two “warns.” As a result, the driver received a 24-hour driving prohibition and a violation ticket for driving with an expired driver’s license.

Case of the suspicious and possibly missing man and the missing clothes partly solved

On Saturday, May 9, at 3:15 a.m., police received a report of a suspicious male near Sinclair Creek Road in Radium Hot Springs. The complainant reported a male fled into the bush when he was confronted. Police responded and located clothing near the creek which the complainant identified as being similar to the clothing worn by the suspicious male. Out of an abundance of caution a police dog and Search & Rescue were requested to search the area to ensure the male did not enter the creek or require medical assistance. Later the same day an individual attended the search area to retrieve the clothing he had left near the creek several days earlier. Police were able to rule out the clothing as belonging to the suspicious male. As a result, the search was concluded as investigators were satisfied they were no longer dealing with a potential missing person.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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