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Posted: October 5, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, September 28 through October 4, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 84 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Items stolen in industrial park

On Monday, September 28, two businesses in the industrial area of Invermere reported finding locks to their compounds cut. However, nothing was stolen or missing. A third business reported that on September 27 at about 1 p.m. their video surveillance captured a suspicious male in their yard. The employees at this business discovered several items missing including Makita cordless tools and two snowboards.

Suspected drug impaired driver refuses blood test, gets driving prohibition

On September 30 at about 1 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs when he stopped to check on a vehicle that had pulled off to the side of the highway. While speaking to the driver, the officer noticed drug paraphernalia near the driver and suspected the driver had drugs in her body. The officer conducted roadside sobriety testing and formed grounds to believe the driver had care and control of the vehicle while impaired by drugs. The driver refused a blood test and as a result, was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition, a 90-day administrative driving prohibition and released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date for refusing to comply with a blood demand.

Suspicious vehicle tracked down

On September 30 at about 3 p.m., police received a report of a suspicious Acura which had been seen traveling between Invermere and Radium Hot Springs. The Acura was reportedly spray painted black and had a smashed out rear window. An officer located the vehicle at a residence on Highway 93/95 near Invermere. The officer spoke to the resident who claimed he had just purchased the vehicle and had plans to insure it soon. In addition to the smashed out rear window, the officer discovered numerous vehicle defects and ordered the resident to have the vehicle repaired and inspected prior to driving it on a public roadway.

One headlight leads to driver’s arrest

On Thursday, October 1 at 9 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Invermere when he conducted a traffic stop with a Dodge Caravan for having a burned-out headlight. The officer discovered the driver was a prohibited driver and had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Checks of the vehicle revealed it did not have valid insurance. The driver was arrested and released on appearance notices to attend court at a later date in relation to his warrants and driving while prohibited. The driver was also issued a violation ticket for no insurance and no driver’s license. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

No taillights on trailer leads to driving prohibition and vehicle impoundment

On Thursday, October 1 at about 10 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 when he stopped a Ford F150, which was towing a trailer with no taillights. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had alcohol in her body and read a breath demand to the driver. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew a “fail.” As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Driver caught operating car with terminated plates

On Sunday, October 4, an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Windermere when she observed a Honda Accord operating on the highway with a license plate that came back as terminated. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver was prohibited from driving. The driver was issued an appearance notice to attend court at a later date for driving while prohibited.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detchment commander


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