Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, November 18th through November 24th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 49 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to:
• On Monday, November 18th, police were called to a residence north of Invermere for a disturbance. Police attended and learned a verbal dispute between two men had escalated to a physical confrontation. Both men separated before police arrived and agreed to avoid contact with each other.
• On Tuesday, November 19th at 7:15 a.m., police received a report of an abandoned vehicle on Highway 93 near the Kootenay Park Lodge. Police responded and discovered the vehicle had been stolen from Radium Hot Springs two weeks prior. A set of footprints was located in the snow leading away from the stolen vehicle. A Police Dog Service team responded from Cranbrook and located the suspect who tried to flee by crossing a creek before eventually surrendering to police. The suspect was arrested without incident and held in cells. A 31-year-old male from Cochrane, Alberta has been charged with possession of stolen property and two counts of breach of probation.
• On Wednesday, November 20th, police recovered a stolen 2007 Ford F250 pickup on McKay Street in Radium Hot Springs. The truck had been stolen out of Canmore the previous evening. The truck was examined by a forensic identification officer, then returned to its owner. Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.
• On Friday, November 22nd at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Ford U-Haul truck was stolen from the U-Haul storage yard in Windermere. The truck had Arizona license plate AH28088 attached. An officer conducted a scene examination, reviewed video surveillance footage and seized evidence for forensic examination. The investigation is ongoing.
• On Friday, November 22nd at 11:15 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Athalmer Road in Invermere when he observed a Dodge Neon operating with license plates registered to a Honda Accord. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver also had an expired driver’s license. The driver was issued violation tickets for failing to produce insurance, no driver’s license and wrong number plate. The vehicle was impounded.
• On Friday, November 22nd at 12:15 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver in Fairmont Hot Springs. A witness reported the driver of a Toyota Highlander had driven over a post and hit a picnic bench in a parking lot. An officer immediately responded and located a male matching the description walking away from a Toyota Highlander. Upon speaking to the driver the officer confirmed the male was intoxicated. The male was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and transported to cells where he was held until he was sober. The male was issued a 24-hour driving suspension and a violation ticket for being intoxicated in a public place.