By Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, January 1 to January 8, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 54 calls for service. 

The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to:

On January 2 the detachment received a call from a male who had been out cutting firewood when he got his truck stuck. After attempting to walk out to a main road and finding he had gone the wrong way, he called police.  

Columbia Valley Search and Rescue was activated and the male was located and brought to the Invermere hospital for observation due to chest pain.

On January 2 police responded to a report of a suicidal male with a knife. The male had left his residence and was located in a wooded area where he fled from officers. After a short pursuit, the male was safely apprehended and brought to the hospital to speak with a doctor. 

During the foot pursuit, an RCMP member suffered a minor injury after falling down a steep slope.

On January 7 a male was pulled over for driving infractions on Hwy 93/95. During the stop the officer established grounds for a roadside screening test. After providing a breath sample, the male was found to be impaired by alcohol and was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition. His vehicle was subsequently impounded for 30 days.