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Posted: July 28, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, July 20 through July 26, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 105 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Items stolen from vehicle in Athalmer

On Wednesday, July 22, an individual reported that sometime between July 11 and July 15 someone stole a portable DVD player, a chronometer and a Galaxy tablet from his vehicle which was parked at his residence on Wilmer Pontoon Road in Athalmer.

Intoxicated men laying on road placed in cells for own safety

On Wednesday, July 22 at about 10 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of two intoxicated males laying down on Kootenay Number 3 Road in Windermere. An officer attended the area and located the two males. The officer, who was concerned for the males’ safety, arrested both men for being intoxicated in a public place and held them in cells until they were sober.

Golf cart towed after rowdy ride

On Wednesday, July 22, at about 11:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of individuals drinking, screaming and driving golf carts on Lakeview Meadow Beach in Invermere. An officer conducted patrols of the area and located three males and two females travelling down Lake Hill Road in a golf cart. The officer conducted a traffic stop and issued the driver a violation ticket for no insurance and had the golf cart towed off the roadway and released to the owner.

No licence plate leads to series of charges

On Saturday, July 25, at 1:45 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a Buick Regal traveling on the highway with no license plate. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver who admitted he did not have a driver’s license. During the conversation, the officer detected an odour of liquor on the driver’s breath. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew two “warns.” The driver was also discovered to be a prohibited driver. The driver received a three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, his vehicle was impounded and he was served an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date in relation to driving while prohibited.

Impaired driver stopped in Radium

On Saturday, July 25 at about 6:20 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols near Radium Hot Springs when he observed a person he knew to be an unlicensed driver operating a red Dodge pickup on Highway 93/95. The officer conducted a traffic stop and confirmed the driver did not have a valid driver’s license. During the conversation, the officer noted an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a breath demand and blew a “fail.” As a result, the driver received a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Impaired driver stopped in Windermere

On Sunday, July 26 at about 8 p.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver operating a white GMC Yukon on Westroc Mine Road in Windermere. An officer located the vehicle traveling on Wood Lane East Road in Windermere and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer detected an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand and blew a “fail.” The driver, who was also discovered to be suspended from driving, was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition, an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date for driving while suspended and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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