Submitted by Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck
Columbia Valley RCMP
This week the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to about 50 calls for service; last year that number landed on 70. The following is a summary of a couple of the more interesting calls:
• On Monday, November 27th at about 9:30 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were on routine patrol in Radium Hot Springs when an older style Jeep was spotted leaving the downtown core of the village. The vehicle was noted to be crossing the centre line which essentially led it to be travelling down the middle of the road. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver spoken with and admitted to consuming some beer prior to driving. In addition to admitting he had drank beer, he displayed glossy eyes and there was an odour of liquor coming from the vehicle. The officers believed he may be too impaired to drive and therefore demanded he provide samples of his breath into a screening device. The driver ultimately agreed and those samples were analysed as “Warn”. Consequently, his driver’s licence was seized and he was prohibited from driving for 3 days. The driver had a sober friend come and get the vehicle; perhaps something that could have been considered before he got behind the wheel.
• During the evening hours of Thursday, November 30th, Columbia Valley RCMP were on patrol in Invermere when they noted a small sedan approach a stop sign and make a turn without signalling. The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the driver to educate her on the importance of using her signal lights. As the officer spoke to the driver he could smell liquor on her breath and consequently asked her if she had anything to drink prior to driving. The driver admitted to having some wine before she went to pick up her teenage son who was also a passenger in the vehicle. She was demanded to provide samples of her breath into a screening device and she complied. Both samples were analysed as “Fail”. Subsequently, she is prohibited from driving for 90 days while her vehicle was towed and seized for 30 days.
• Also on November 30th at about 9 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a call from a complainant in Invermere reporting that a bag of belongings was taken form a car that was unlocked while parked in an underground parking lot. The taken items included a Lulu Lemon reusable shopping bag with a pair of black Lulu Lemon pants, Lulu Lemon burgundy top, Roots grey sweat pants, black Under Armour shorts and some make up. The items were valued at about $500. If you are going to be doing some Christmas shopping please make sure your items are out of sight and your vehicle is locked when you are leaving it anywhere for a period of time.
This last weekend we participated in a Cram the Cruiser for the Christmas Bureau and it was a resounding success. I want to thank all those that came by to drop off a toy and those that stopped for a visit. I received a lot of feedback, some good, some bad, and I appreciate it all; although we are trying the best we can, there is always room for improvement. We will be having one more Cram the Cruiser event before Christmas; on Wednesday, December 13th the RCMP and the Columbia Valley Food Bank will have the cruiser at the Holiday Train in Radium. It is a wonderful event for the family and we are asking everyone that comes to please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank so we can ‘Cram the Cruiser’ and help those that need a hand up.