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Posted: June 15, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, June 8 through June 14, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 68 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Drug impairment leads to 24-hour driving prohibition in Invermere

On Monday, June 8 shortly before 5 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Invermere when he observed a female leaning over the steering wheel of a Dodge pickup that was parked in a lot on Sarah Road. The officer approached the female to make sure she was okay. Upon speaking to the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment. The officer conducted roadside sobriety tests and determined the female was impaired by a drug and issued her a 24-hour driving prohibition. The vehicle was impounded for 24 hours.

90-day driving prohibition in Canal Flats

On Tuesday, June 9 at about 8:15 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a blue Dodge pickup on Grainger Road in Canal Flats. While speaking with the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had alcohol in his body. The driver complied with a roadside breath test and blew two “fails” which resulted in the driver receiving a 90-day driving prohibition. The driver’s vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

24-hour driving suspension at Dry Gulch

On Wednesday, June 11, at about 1:45 a.m., an officer stopped to check a vehicle that was pulled to the side of Highway 93/95 near Dry Gulch. While speaking to the driver the officer noted signs of impairment. The driver denied consuming any alcohol but admitted to taking a controlled substance. The officer conducted roadside sobriety tests, which the driver failed. As a result, the driver received a 24-hour driving suspension and a violation ticket for failing to provide a driver’s license.

Suspicious person tries opening car door in Windermere

On Thursday, June 11, at 2:40 a.m., a Windermere resident reported witnessing someone try to open her car door ,which was parked in her carport. Fortunately the vehicle was locked and the suspect left the area. Officers made patrols of the area but were not able to locate the suspect. Columbia Valley RCMP are reminding residents to ensure they remove valuables from their vehicles and lock their doors.

Excessive speeder’s vehicle impounded for seven-days

On Thursday, June 11, at about 8:30 p.m., an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 93/95 near Canal Flats when he clocked a Chrysler 300 travelling at 154 km/h in a 100 km/h speed zone. The officer conducted a traffic stop and issued the driver a violation ticket for excessive speed and impounded the vehicle for seven-days. The fine for excessive speeding (Exceeding the posted speed limit by 41 km/h to 60 km/h) is $368 and the vehicle is subject to impoundment.

Medical condition may have led to crash

On Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. The driver and lone occupant of a Toyota Rav 4 lost control of his vehicle and drove into the ditch. The collision was believed to have been precipitated by a medical event. The driver was transported to the hospital to be assessed for minor injuries and the vehicle was towed due to front-end damage.

Trespassing ATVer ticket near Radium

On Sunday, June 14, at about 4:30 p.m., police received a report of an individual operating an ATV on private property near Radium Hot Springs without the owner’s permission. An officer conducted patrols of the area and located the ATV operator on the private property. The ATV operator was issued a violation ticket for trespassing and operating an off-road vehicle on private land without consent.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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