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Posted: April 12, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, April 5 through April 11, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 68 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files that officers responded to.

Officer rounds up man with outstanding warrants

On Thursday, April 8, an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a male walking on Highway 93 who was known to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was arrested without incident and upon searching the male; a pair of brass knuckles were located. The male was released on conditions to attend court at a later date in relation to the warrants and for breaching his previous conditions by possessing a prohibited weapon.

Refusal to provide breath sample results in driving prohibition and other tickets

On Friday, April 9, an officer was conducting speed enforcement on 13th Street in Invermere when he stopped a Chevrolet pickup for speeding. While speaking to the driver, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver. The officer read a roadside breath demand to the driver who refused to comply with the demand. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition for failing to comply with a demand and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days. The driver was also issued violation tickets for speeding, failing to signal and unsecured load.

No injuries in crash near Windermere

On Sunday, April 11 at about 5:15 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP attended a single-vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 south of Windermere. The driver and lone occupant of a northbound Dodge Durango drove off the road and hit a tree. The driver was uninjured.

Police getting reports of unlicensed ATV and dirt bike activity in Edgewater

On Sunday, April 11, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of ongoing unlicensed ATVs and dirt bikes traveling on the roads in Edgewater. Operators of unlicensed vehicles, including ATVs and motorcycles, are reminded they may be subject to the following fines if operating on a public roadway:

No Driver’s License – Sect. 24(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) – $276;

Drive Without Insurance – Sect. 24(3)(b) MVA – $598;

No Number Plate – 13(1)(b) MVA – $109.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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