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Posted: November 15, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, November 8 through November 14, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 100 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Two trucks hit the ditch near Vermilion Crossing

On Tuesday, November 9 at 8:40 p.m., police received a report of a commercial transport truck in the ditch on Highway 93 at Vermilion Crossing in Kootenay National Park. At about the same time a second transport truck became stuck near the same area. Highways crews, tow companies and police worked throughout the night to remove the trucks and clear the highway.

Man and dog safely extracted from ledge

On Thursday, November 11 at about 1:15 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that a dog had gone over an embankment at the Johnson trails near Invermere and that a man had gone down the embankment to rescue the dog before he became stuck himself. Columbia Valley Search & Rescue responded and safely extracted the man and the dog from the ledge.

Charge of refusing to provide a breath sample recommended

On Thursday, November 11 at about 7 p.m., police received a report of a silver sedan failing to maintain its lane on Highway 93/95 between Radium Hot Springs and Invermere. An officer located a silver Chevrolet Impala near Invermere and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted obvious signs of impairment and arrested the man for impaired driving. The driver was transported to the detachment to obtain breath samples but the man failed to provide suitable samples. As a result, a charge of refusing to provide a breath sample is being recommended. The man was held in custody until sober and released on conditions to appear in court at a later date.

No injuries in single-vehicle crash near Vermilion Crossing

On Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Vermilion Crossing in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Pontiac Wave lost control of her vehicle in a curve and struck a concrete barrier. The driver was not injured but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Minor injuries in crash near Simpson River

On Friday, November 12 at about 11 p.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 93 near Simpson River in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Honda Civic sustained only minor injuries and was able to make her way out of the park; however, the vehicle had to be towed.

Minor injuries in early morning crash near Radium

On Sunday, November 14 at about 6:15 a.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs. The driver of a Ford Escape lost control of her vehicle on the slushy roads and slid into a ditch. The driver sustained minor injuries.

 – Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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