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Posted: August 17, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, August 10 through August 16, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 111 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

No injuries in Radium ditch crash

On Monday, August 10 at 2:15 p.m., police were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 in Radium Hot Springs. The driver of a Mazda 3 was travelling northbound on the highway when the traffic in front of him came to a stop. The driver told police he didn’t feel he could stop in time so he drove into the ditch to avoid a collision. No injuries were reported and the vehicle was drivable.

No injuries in Toby Creek Road ditch crash

On Tuesday, August 11 at 3 p.m., RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Toby Creek Road, three km east of Panorama. The driver of a VW SUV failed to negotiate a curve and went into the ditch. The driver was issued a violation ticket for failing to keep right. The driver was uninjured but his vehicle sustained significant front-end damage and had to be towed.

Impaired driver stopped on Westroc Mine Road

On Wednesday, August 12 at 7:15 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver operating a Jeep Grand Cherokee on Westroc Mine Road in Windermere. An officer located the vehicle on Westroc Mine Road. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver complied with a roadside breath demand and blew two “fails.” As a result, the driver received a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Three vehicles broken into, plundered in Invermere

On Wednesday, August 12, Columbia Valley RCMP received three reports of thefts from vehicles. The owner of a Lexus RX350 reported someone had entered his vehicle sometime overnight while it was parked on Mountain View Crescent in Invermere and stole his wallet. The owner of a Ford F150 reported someone entered his truck while parked on Canterbury Way in Invermere and took cash, keys and a garage door opener. A Nissan Titan was broken into while parked at a residence on Castlestone Drive in Invermere. Missing from the truck was a wallet and sunglasses.

Driver issued numerous tickets

On Thursday, August 13 at about 9:15 a.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver in a red car with no license plate on Highway 93/95 near Fairmont Hot Springs. Officers conducted patrols and located the vehicle parked at a residence on Kootenay Number 3 Road. Police identified the driver of the vehicle and issued the driver violation tickets for no driver’s license, no insurance, wrong number plate and several vehicle deficiencies. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Vehicle stolen from Golden recovered when driver flees from police

On Thursday, August 13 at about 10:30 a.m., while officers were dealing with a report of a possible impaired driver on Kootenay Number 3 Road in Windermere, an officer observed a white Ford pickup make an abrupt maneuver to avoid police. The pickup was found abandoned nearby and was discovered to be stolen out of Golden. The vehicle was seized for a forensic examination. The investigation is ongoing.

Lug nuts loosened on Windermere resident’s wheel

On Sunday, August 16, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a suspicious occurrence. A resident of Kimpton Rise in Windermere reported finding the lug nuts loosened on the rear driver’s side wheel of her Jeep Cherokee. The resident did not know where or when the lug nuts were loosened but believed it occurred within the past day or two. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Lead image: Columbia Valley RCMP officers conduct a late afternoon tour of Lake Windermere August 16. Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW photo

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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