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Posted: September 21, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, September 13 through September 19, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 81 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Arrest made after water jugs stolen from store

On Friday, September 17 at about 9:30 a.m., police received a report that an adult male stole two water jugs from a grocery store in Invermere. An officer conducted patrols of the area and located the male suspect near a bus stop. The male was arrested for possession of stolen property and the water jugs were returned to the grocery store.

Rear-end collision on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs

On Friday, September 17 at about 4:23 p.m., emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs. Through the investigation, it was learned the driver of a southbound Hyundai Kona had slowed for traffic when a Hyundai Santa Fe collided into the rear of the Hyundai Kona. The driver of the Hyundai Santa Fe was issued a violation ticket for following too closely.

Dirt bike stolen from Invermere yard

On Friday, September 17 sometime between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., a yellow Suzuki RM 125 dirt bike was stolen from a yard on Fourth Avenue in Invermere. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

12-hour driving prohibition issued after crash

On Saturday, September 18 at 7:45 p.m., police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision at the intersection of Foresters Landing Road and Columbia Avenue in Radium Hot Springs. The driver of a Toyota Rav4 reported losing control of his vehicle as he turned onto Columbia Avenue, which resulted in the vehicle colliding with a post. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. Following the investigation, the driver was issued a 12-hour driving prohibition.

Impaired driver stopped at Windermere

On Saturday, September 18 at 5:45 p.m., police were notified that a Volkswagen Jetta struck a guardrail in Fairmont Hot Springs and continued northbound on Highway 93/95. An officer located the vehicle traveling through Windermere and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment and read a roadside breath demand. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew two fails. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Driver found sleeping in dangerous location in park was impaired

On Sunday, September 19 at about 9:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in a dangerous location on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. An officer attended and spoke to a male who was found sleeping in the truck. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment and read a roadside breath demand. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew two fails. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Impaired driver stopped in national park

On Sunday, September 19 at about 9:50 p.m., police received a report of an erratic driver in a Ford F150 on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. An officer located the truck southbound on Highway 93 and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver’s breath. The driver indicated he had one beer earlier in the evening and complied with a roadside breath demand. The driver blew two fails and as a result, was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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