Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, July 1st through July 7th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 75 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.
• On Monday, July 1st at 3:45 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of overdue hikers in the Bugaboo Park. Three hikers were hiking in the Bugaboos and hadn’t been heard from since Friday night. Police requested the assistance of Columbia Valley Search & Rescue and Bugaboo Resort staff to assist with the search. At about 8 p.m. the same evening, police learned the missing hikers had returned to Edmonton and all were safe.
• On the evening of Tuesday, July 2nd, a red and white 2006 Honda CR80 dirt bike was stolen from the backyard of a residence on Panorama Drive in Invermere. On July 5th, the dirt bike was located in a ditch near Munn Lake and returned to its owner.
• On Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:15 a.m., RCMP attended a collision between a vehicle and a cyclist near 12th Avenue and 15th Street in Invermere. A black Honda Accord was travelling southbound on 12th Avenue when a 10-year-old cyclist failed to stop for traffic as he came out of an alley. The cyclist struck the side of the car. Fortunately he was not injured. The car sustained minor damage from the impact.
• On Thursday, July 4th a resident on Antler Ridge Road in Windermere reported someone had gone through his unlocked Mercedes and Ford pickup on the morning of June 27th and had stolen his Nikon D5200 camera.
• On Friday, July 5th, damage was reported to a gate at Trethewey properties in Windermere. A lock had been broken and the ballast for the gate had been removed, making the gate inoperable. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP.
• On Friday, July 5th at about 7:15 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Saturn SL in Canal Flats. The driver admitted to having a beer and a glass of wine earlier in the evening. The officer read a breath demand which resulted in the driver blowing a “warn” which meant the driver’s blood alcohol concentration was between 60 and 99 mg%. The driver provided a second breath sample which also resulted in a “warn”. The driver was issued a 3-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition.
• On Friday, July 5th at about 9 p.m., police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Radium Hot Springs. Police attended and located a silver 2006 Saturn Ion in the ditch but no driver at the scene. Within a short period of time the driver attended the RCMP Detachment and explained he was in a curve on the highway when his car hydroplaned causing him to lose control. An officer provided the driver and his passenger a ride to the hospital to be checked out.
• On Saturday, July 6th at 7 a.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Edgewater. A grey Chevrolet Silverado had gone off the road and struck a telephone pole. The driver was transported to the hospital to be assessed prior to police arrival. An officer spoke to the driver at the hospital and observed signs of alcohol impairment. The officer read the driver a blood demand in order to establish the driver’s blood/alcohol concentration. The driver was also issued a 24 hour driving prohibition.
• On Saturday, July 6th at 10 a.m. police responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Kootenay Crossing in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Toyota Rav 4 was eastbound when she went off the road and down a small embankment. The driver was not injured.
• On Saturday, July 6th shortly before noon, a pedestrian was struck by a Ford Escape at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 4th Street in Invermere. The driver of a Ford Escape was making a left turn from 4th Street to 7th Avenue when she struck a 69-year-old female who was crossing on 7th Avenue. The pedestrian received minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.