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Posted: August 15, 2022

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, August 8 through August 14, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 110 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Impaired driving charges recommended after 10th Street collision

On Monday, August 8 at about 4 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on 10th Street in Invermere. The driver of a Chevrolet Traverse reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign before striking a utility pole. Upon speaking to the driver, officers formed grounds to believe the man was impaired by alcohol and initiated an impaired driving investigation. The man was arrested and brought back to the detachment where he provided breath samples, both of which were over the legal limit. Impaired driving charges are being recommended.

Early morning rescue of hiker in distress near Canal Flats

On Thursday, August 11th at about 2 a.m., police were advised that a hiker was experiencing a medical event at Gibraltor Rock east of Canal Flats. Search and Rescue was activated and volunteers successfully extracted the hiker from the remote area and transported the individual to the hospital.

Woman rescued after fall at Lower Bugaboo Falls

On Thursday, August 11 at about 11:20 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP activated Search and Rescue for a second time in the same day to assist with the rescue of a hiker who had lost her footing and fell over Lower Bugaboo Falls. The hiker was able to text her friends to tell them she was okay but was swept down the creek and was stuck on a small island in the middle of the creek. Search and Rescue volunteers were able to extract the female from the creek with the assistance of a helicopter. The hiker was fortunate to have only suffered minor injuries.

Unlocked vehicle with keys left in stolen from Windermere

On Friday, August 12th a brown 2017 Subaru Forester was reported stolen from a residence on Timber Way in Windermere. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the key in the car. The same morning a number of vehicles were reportedly rummaged through in the Windermere and Invermere area. Residents are reminded to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables. Leaving vehicles insecure enables criminals to commit further crimes as they often use these stolen vehicles to commit other offences.

Driver found to be impaired after backing into vehicle in Invermere

On Sunday, August 14 at about 2:30 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Invermere when he was waived down by a witness who reported seeing a Kia SUV back into a parked car then leave the scene. An officer located the car at a nearby gas station and confirmed there was evidence of recent paint transfer on the car. Upon speaking to the driver, the officer formed grounds to suspect the driver had alcohol in her body 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. The driver was also issued a violation ticket for failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

$1,150 violation ticket issued for Failing to Comply with Fire Regulations

On Sunday, August 14 at about 7:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP and the Invermere Fire Department were advised someone was burning brush at a residence on 3rd Avenue in Invermere. The officer learned the individual was burning tree limbs on the property. The individual was issued a $1,150 violation ticket for Failing to Comply with Fire Regulations.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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