Man caught driving drunk with three young children in car

Multiple calls to RCMP for driver swerving back and forth on highway through Kootenay National Park

Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno

Detachment Commander

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, June 10th through June 16th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 82 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.

• On Wednesday, June 12th an individual called the RCMP to report she had fallen victim to a scam. The complainant said she received a call from the CIBC “Fraud squad” who claimed there was suspicious activity on her account. The caller requested the victim purchase $2,000 in Google Play gift cards. The victim agreed and provided the card information to the fraudster. The following day the fraudster called back and told her she needed to go to her bank and obtain a money order which was required to clear the “suspicious activities”. The victim’s bank recognized the fraud and alerted the victim, who then reported the scam to police. The Columbia Valley RCMP would like to remind individuals that legitimate businesses do not accept gift cards as payment. Police are also asking employees of businesses selling gift cards to be aware of these scams and alert potential victims.

• On Friday, June 14th at about 4:15 p.m., numerous calls were received about a possible impaired driver who was driving from shoulder to shoulder through Kootenay National Park on Highway 93 South. The male driver stopped at one point and threw up on the side of the road. Officers responded and located the vehicle as it crossed the highway centre line, forcing a police vehicle onto the shoulder near Stoddart Creek Road and Highway 93/95. A traffic stop was conducted and an impaired driving investigation was initiated which resulted in the driver, a 42-year-old male from Calgary, being arrested for impaired driving. The driver had three children, all under the age of six, in the vehicle. The driver provided breath samples that were over the legal limit. The vehicle was towed and impounded and officers contacted the mothers of the children to make arrangements to get them home safely. The driver was held in cells until he was sober and released on a Promise to Appear in court at a later date.

• On Saturday, June 15th, at approximately 3 a.m., the Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to a possible fight at Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park. Officers attended and found a group of young campers sitting around a campfire talking loudly. The group of campers agreed to lower the volume of their conversations. There was no evidence of a fight.

• On Saturday, June 15th, Columbia Valley RCMP recovered a Supercycle Storm 18 speed bike in an alley near Hot Springs Road in Fairmont Hot Springs. If you’re missing a bike that matches this description, please contact the Columbia Valley RCMP and quote file number 2019-1341.

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