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Posted: June 1, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, May 25 through May 31, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 78 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Impaired driver charged

On Wednesday, May 27, at 9 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver in a grey pickup travelling southbound on Highway 95 near Spillimacheen. An officer located the vehicle on Highway 93/95 near Invermere and conducted a traffic stop after witnessing the driver conduct an unsafe pass. While speaking to the driver the officer noted a smell of liquor coming from the driver’s breath as well as other indicators of impairment. The officer read a breath demand to the driver, which the driver refused to comply with. The driver received a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition for refusal in addition to violation tickets for failing to produce a driver’s license, passing unsafely and speeding against a highway sign. The vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Suspended license and expired insurance

On Saturday, May 30, at about 8 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a white Chevrolet Lumina with expired insurance. A traffic stop was conducted and further checks revealed the driver had a suspended driver’s license. The driver was issued an appearance notice to attend court at a later date and a violation ticket for no driver’s license.

No injuries in two-vehicle collision

On Saturday, May 30, at about 11:15 a.m., police attended a two-vehicle collision on Swansea Road in Windermere. The driver of a Nissan Frontier had stopped in traffic, waiting to make a left turn when a Ford Flex collided into the back of the Nissan. The driver of the Ford explained she did not notice the vehicle stopped on the road due to the sun shining in her eyes. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Complaint of vehicles parking on Westroc Mine Road

On Saturday, May 30th police received a complaint of vehicles parking on Westroc Mine Road in order to access the Swansea Mountain area. Police are reminding outdoor enthusiasts that Westroc Mine Road is an active mining road and parking is not permitted on the roadway. Bicyclists and pedestrians should exercise caution when in this area.

Impaired driver charged near Windermere

On Saturday, May 30, at about 5 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a red Suzuki Grand Vitara on Highway 93/95 in Windermere. While speaking to the driver the officer noted a strong odor of liquor coming from the driver’s breath along with other indicators of impairment. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and submitted to a roadside breath demand. The driver blew two “fails” and as a result, the driver received a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Mountain bikes stolen from Radium parkade

On Saturday, May 30, a resident of the Aspen Apartments in Radium Hot Springs reported the theft of two mountain bikes from the underground parkade. The bikes were described as a 2017 Liv Tempt (grey with light blue and yellow accents) and a 2010 grey Norco Big Foot. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Radium Hot Springs Citizens on Patrol active again

Columbia Valley RCMP are happy to report the Radium Hot Springs Citizens on Patrol group will once again be active in their community. These volunteers conduct patrols using their personal vehicles and will be on the lookout for suspicious activities in an effort to keep their community safe. Anyone with an interest in volunteering with Citizens on Patrol can contact the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment for more information.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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