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Posted: March 1, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week February 22 through February 28, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 55 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

No injuries in two-vehicle crash at Windermere

On Monday, February 22 at 9:15 a.m. emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 93/95 and Windermere Road in Windermere. The driver of a northbound Chevrolet pickup was unable to avoid a collision with a Volvo XC60, which attempted to make a left turn onto the highway. No injuries were reported. The driver of the Volvo was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield on a left turn.

Two chased away from truck at Invermere business

On Monday, February 22 at about 7:30 p.m., the owner of a Ford pickup reported finding two individuals inside his truck at a business on Arrow Road in Invermere. After the suspects fled, the owner noticed the ignition was damaged. One suspect was described as a 40 to 50-year-old Indigenous female and the second suspect was described as a 40-50 year old Indigenous male, approximately 5’9” with a stalky build and wearing a hoodie and a toque.

Truck stolen from Invermere recovered in Chilliwack

On Tuesday, February 23, a black 2008 Ford pickup was reported stolen from a property on Lakeview Drive in Invermere. On Thursday, February 25 the stolen truck was recovered in the Chilliwack area. Residents are reminded to ensure their vehicles are locked and all valuables and keys are removed from the vehicle.

Driver hospitalized after crash in Invermere

On Friday, February 26 at about 10:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle motor vehicle incident on 4th Street in Invermere. The driver of a BMW 325 drove through a fence and struck a parked truck. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital to be assessed. The investigation is ongoing to determine if a medical episode precipitated the collision.

Violation ticket for attending a non-compliant event issued

On Saturday, February 27, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a large group of people staying in a rental house in Panorama. An officer attended and spoke to the renter who indicated he and 14 relatives were staying in the rental house. The officer explained that because the occupants were from different households they were violating the Provincial Health Order. The renter received a violation ticket for attending a non-compliant event under the Emergency Programs Act.

Impaired driver stopped in Windermere

On Sunday, February 28 at about 9 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Dodge pickup on Highway 93/95 in Windermere. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had alcohol in her body and read a breath demand. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew a “fail.” The driver was detained for impaired operation and transported to the detachment where she provided breath samples which were over the legal limit. The driver was released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date in relation to impaired driving. The driver also received a 90-day Administrative Driving Prohibition.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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