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Posted: July 26, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, July 19 through July 25, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 95 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Kayak stolen from Bayshore

On Monday, July 19, a kayak was reported stolen from a property near the Bayshore Condos in Invermere. The kayak was described as a 10-foot blue and white Feel Free Moken kayak. The kayak had been chained to a tree and was stolen sometime overnight.

Motorcyclist taken to hospital following collision with pickup

On Monday, July 19 at about 2 p.m., emergency crews responded to a collision between a motorcycle and a pickup truck on 10th Avenue near 5th Street in Invermere. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Invermere and District Hospital to be assessed. The driver of the pickup truck was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield on a left turn.

Driver handed list of tickets after refusing breath sample

On Monday, July 19 at about 7 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee on 13th Street in Invermere. Checks of the driver’s license status revealed the male driver was prohibited from driving in B.C. While speaking to the male, the officer formed suspicion that the driver had alcohol in his body and read a roadside breath demand. The driver failed to provide a suitable sample of his breath and was arrested for refusing to provide a breath sample. Queries of the license plate attached to the Jeep revealed it was inactive. In addition to being compelled to court for refusing to provide a breath sample, the driver also received a violation ticket for no insurance, no driver’s license and wrong number plate. The vehicle was impounded for seven days and the driver received a 90-day administrative driving prohibition.

Drive taken to hospital after Windermere crash

On Tuesday, July 20 at about 9:15 a.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Windermere Loop Road in Windermere. The driver of a southbound Pontiac Grand Am left the roadway and collided with a tree. The driver was transported to the Invermere and District Hospital to be assessed and to determine if a medical event may have precipitated the collision.

19 inflatable stand up paddleboards stolen from Invermere storage container

On Thursday, July 22, Columbia Valley RCMP was advised of a break and enter to a storage container on Laurier Street in Invermere. Stolen from the storage container were 19 inflatable stand up paddleboards. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Driver ticketed for driving without due care and attention after Westside crash

On Saturday, July 24 at about 6 a.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Westside Road south of Invermere. The driver of a Honda Odyssey drove off the road and struck a utility pole. No injuries were reported. The driver was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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