Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander, Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, November 11th through November 17th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 42 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to:
• On Tuesday, November 12th at about 8 p.m., the driver of a Mazda 6 was southbound on Highway 93/95 near Invermere when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole. There were no reported injuries.
• On Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Settlers Road in Kootenay National Park. Officers discovered a Dodge Ram pickup had left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
• On Thursday, November 14th at about 8:50 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols near Invermere when he noticed a Ford Tempo travelling on Highway 93/95 with an inactive license plate. The officer conducted a traffic stop and determined the driver was prohibited from driving. The driver was also breaching his conditions by being in a motor vehicle without the registered owner. The driver was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in court at a later date. He was also served violation tickets for having no insurance, the wrong number plate and no driver’s license.
• On Thursday, November 14th at about 11:45 p.m., police were advised an intoxicated male had left the hospital and staff feared for his safety due to his level of intoxication. Police located the male and arrested him for being intoxicated in a public place. The male was held in cells until he was sober in order to ensure his safety.
• On Saturday, November 16th at about 1:30 a.m., a resident on Victoria Avenue in Windermere reported someone had entered their house and fled the area after being confronted by the homeowner. The person was described as being a Caucasian male, approximately 25-years-old, 6 feet tall with a thin build.
• On Saturday, November 16th at about 1:30 a.m., police were responding to a report of a break and enter in Windermere when an officer noticed a male riding on the shoulder of Highway 93/95 in Windermere without a helmet. The officer stopped and spoke to the individual and discovered he was breaching his conditions by being away from his residence during his court-ordered curfew. The 26-year-old male was arrested for breaching his conditions and released by a Judicial Justice of the Peace to attend court at a later date. The investigation is ongoing to determine whether this male was involved in the break and enter at the residence on Victoria Avenue.
• On Saturday, November 16th, police received a report of a break and enter at a residence on Poplar Street in Windermere. The entry point was determined to be an unlocked door. Liquor, medications and cigarettes were stolen from the residence. Police seized items from the scene for forensic examination. Police are reminding residents to ensure they lock their houses and vehicles.