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Posted: June 8, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, June 1 through 7, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 82 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Disturbance check leads to recovery of stolen property

On Tuesday, June 2 at about 3:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on Stanley Street in Radium Hot Springs. While speaking to the occupants of the residence an officer noticed two mountain bikes, which matched the description of two bikes that were reported stolen from Radium Hot Springs the week prior. An adult female was arrested for possession of stolen property and released on conditions to appear in court at a later date. The bicycles were returned to the rightful owner.

Snagged for driving while prohibited and for no insurance

On Tuesday, June 2 at about 4:30 p.m., an officer observed a black Honda Accord traveling on Laurier Street in Invermere. The officer noticed the vehicle did not have a front license plate and the rear license plate was terminated and previously registered to a different vehicle. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver who was found to be prohibited from driving in B.C. The driver was served an appearance notice for driving while prohibited and a violation ticket for no insurance.

Impaired driver charged in Radium

On Tuesday, June 2 at about 9:45 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a blue Chevrolet Trailblazer on St. Josephs Street in Radium Hot Springs. While speaking with the driver the officer formed suspicion that the driver had alcohol in his body. The driver complied with a breath demand and blew two “fails.” As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Pinched while driving suspended in Windermere

On Thursday, June 4 at about 3 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Windermere when he observed a white Chevrolet Equinox with inactive plates. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was issued an appearance notice to attend court in relation to driving while suspended.

Arrested for driving while prohibited and vehicle impounded

On Friday, June 5, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a blue Hyundai Sonata without plates traveling near Lakeview Drive in Athalmer. An officer located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver was found to be a prohibited driver. The driver was arrested for driving while prohibited and released on an appearance notice to attend court at a later date. The vehicle was impounded.

Driver escapes injuries in Highway 95 crash

On Sunday, June 7, at about 5:15 p.m., officers from the Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services attended a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 about 14 kilometres north of Radium Hot Springs on Highway 95. The driver of a red Chevrolet Cobalt struck a guard rail, spun around and came to rest against the guard rail. The driver was not injured. However, the vehicle sustained significant damage and had to be towed.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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