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Posted: May 30, 2022

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, May 23 through May 29, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 56 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Vehicle impounded after prohibited driver stopped on Westside Road

On Wednesday, May 25 at about 8:30 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Westside Road near Invermere when the driver of a Buick Century passed the unmarked police car at a high rate of speed. The officer conducted a traffic stop with the Buick and discovered the driver was prohibited from driving. The driver was issued an Appearance Notice to attend court on a later date and the vehicle was impounded.

Impaired driving charge handed out after Edgewater crash

On Wednesday, May 25 at about 11:20 p.m., police responded to a report of a Pontiac Grand Prix in the ditch on Columbia Road in Edgewater. While speaking to the driver of the car, the officer noted signs of impairment and read a roadside breath demand. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew a “fail.” As a result, the driver received a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Minor injuries in Invermere crash

On Thursday, May 26 at about 2:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of 8th Street and 12th Avenue in Invermere. The driver of a Dodge pickup truck struck a Hyundai Accent in the intersection. The driver of the Hyundai was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Driver refuses to provide a breath sample arrested for refusal

On Saturday, May 28 at about 8:20 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver operating a burgundy Chevrolet pickup on Highway 93/95 near Canal Flats. Officers located the truck on Highway 93/95 near Windermere and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had consumed alcohol and read a roadside breath demand. The driver refused to provide a breath sample and as a result, was arrested for refusal in addition to an outstanding warrant. The driver was released by a Judge to attend court on a later date.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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