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Posted: October 12, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, October 5 through October 11, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 88 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

A host of tickets issued for driver

On Monday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Invermere when he observed a black Acura with no rear window on Athalmer Road. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the driver who was not able to produce a driver’s license. A check of the license plate revealed the plate was associated to a camper van and was inactive. The same vehicle was subject to an inspection order, which was issued a week prior. The driver was served a violation ticket for no insurance, drive contrary to restrictions, wrong number plate, fail to display front plate and fail to produce a driver’s license. The vehicle was towed as it was unsafe to be on the roadway.

Dump truck theft leads to recovery of second stolen vehicle

On Wednesday, October 7, a dump truck was reported stolen from a worksite in Windermere. The dump truck was located on a property on Kootenay No. 3 Road later the same day. While on the property, police located a second stolen vehicle, a Dodge pickup, which had been reported stolen out of Fairmont Hot Springs on April 14. Both vehicles were unoccupied. The investigations are ongoing.

Observant officers nab possible drug trafficker

On Thursday, October 8 at 9:45 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Kootenay No. 3 Road in Windermere when he observed an individual he knew to be suspended from driving operating a Chevrolet Equinox. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered there was a no contact order between the driver and the passenger. The driver was arrested for breaching an undertaking and driving while suspended. A second officer observed a controlled substance in plain view and arrested the passenger for possession of a controlled substance. A subsequent search revealed what was believed to be crystal meth along with cash and other items consistent with drug trafficking. The driver was released on an appearance notice to attend court at a later date. The driver also received a violation ticket for no insurance, wrong number plate and no driver’s license. The passenger was released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date in relation to possession of a controlled substance.

Speeder charged for driving impaired by drugs

On Friday, October 9 at about 12:40 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a GMC Sierra pickup after the driver passed the unmarked police car and continued to travel at a speed of 120 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment by a drug. The driver complied with roadside sobriety tests which supported the officer’s belief that the driver was impaired by a drug. The driver complied with a blood demand and was released on an appearance notice to attend court at a later date.

Prohibited driver caught driving without insurance or legal plates

On Saturday, October 10 at about 1 a.m., an officer was making patrols of Subdivision Road in Windermere when a Ford F150 with inactive plates drove past. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver was a prohibited driver. The driver was arrested for driving while prohibited. The driver was also found to have outstanding warrants for driving while prohibited. The driver was served a 24-hour driving prohibition for alcohol a violation ticket for no insurance and wrong number plate and released on an Appearance Notice for driving while prohibited.

Pickup stolen from Windermere residence Oct. 11

On Sunday, October 11, a white 1997 GMC Sierra pickup with Alberta license plate BLG0163 was reported stolen from a residence on Victoria Avenue in Windermere sometime overnight. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley Detachment or Crimestoppers.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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