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Posted: July 14, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Cpl. L-P. Gendron-Fafard

This past week, July 6 through July 12, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 108 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Break and Enter to Spillimacheen Telus building

On July 6, Police attended Spilimacheen for a report of a Break and enter where batteries were stolen from a Telus building that occurred over the weekend. The investigator processed the scene. The matter is still under investigation. If you have any information regarding this crime, you can contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

Injured hiker rescued

On July 6, a report was received that one female hiker was injured as her group was coming back from Goldie Lake, near Panorama. Police requested the assistance of Columbia Valley Search and Rescue who located the female and assisted in getting her some medical assistance. On a side note, thank you to all of our Search and Rescue Volunteers for your hard work this past week!

Collision with a deer

In the early evening of July 6, Police attended a collision between a deer and a vehicle approximately two km north of Fairmont Hot Springs. The vehicle had non- structural damage to the front end. The occupants of the vehicle were uninjured but the deer was located deceased in the ditch.

Unlicensed driver stopped near Invermere

While making patrols on July 9 on Highway 93/95 near Invermere, an officer queried the license plate on a GMC truck. The query showed that the license plate information was attached to a Chevrolet Cavalier. A traffic stop was completed and the driver was found to be unlicensed and needed to be served a driving prohibition from the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles. The vehicle was impounded for a period of seven days and the driver was issued a violation ticket for Driving without a driver license.

Impaired driver stopped in Canal Flats

In the evening of July 11, police officers from the Columbia Valley RCMP completed a traffic stop with Chevrolet Silverado towing a boat in Canal Flats. The officers completed a traffic stop. Breath samples were obtained from the driver. The samples obtained from the driver was found to be above the provincially set limit. The driver was issued a driving suspension of three days in British Columbia. A sober friend drove the vehicle home.

No injuries in collision at Timber Ridge

On July 12, at around 5 p.m., a two-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 93/95 and Timber Ridge Road in Windermere. During the investigation, it was found that the two vehicles were following each other on the highway when the front vehicle slowed down. The second vehicle rear-ended the front vehicle. There were no injuries to report and the driver of the second vehicle was issued a violation Ticket for Following too closely as per the Motor Vehicle Act.

Criminal Record Checks

Columbia Valley Detachment will be returning to accepting criminal record checks for processing. Forms can be obtained at the detachment front counter. Once the forms are filled in and submitted along with a copy of photo identification and any paperwork, there will be a two-week turnaround to complete the check. Please note that if fingerprints are required, an appointment will need to be booked as fingerprints are only being taken one day a week.

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


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