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Posted: September 19, 2022

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, September 12 through September 18, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 56 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

SPOT activation taken by Kanaskasis Public Safety 

On Monday, September 12 at about 5:15 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a SPOT activation near Mount Sir Douglas near the B.C./Alberta border. Columbia Valley Search & Rescue was a activated, however, due to the proximity to Kananaskis, Kanaskasis Public Safety was utilized to rescue an adult male and female from the mountain after the pair became lost and tired. No injuries were reported.

90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and truck  impounded 

On Sunday, September 18 at about 9 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver operating a GMC pickup in Invermere. A patrolling officer located the suspect truck on 14A Crescent in Invermere and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed grounds to believe the driver had alcohol in his system and read a roadside breath demand. The driver complied and provided two breath samples, both of which were over the legal limit. As a result, the driver was issued 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his truck was impounded for

Excessive speeder loses vehicle for seven days

On Sunday, September 18 at about 10:15 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols in an unmarked police car when he was passed by a Hyundai Veloster. The officer followed the car onto Highway 93/95 near Invermere where the driver accelerated to 151 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. The officer conducted a traffic stop with the vehicle and issued the driver a violation ticket for excessive speed. The vehicle was impounded for seven-days.

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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