Cpl. Jeff Witzke
Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment
This past week, January 16 through to January 22, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 39 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.
On January 19 the RCMP received a call from a person who fell victim to a crypto currency fraud. The victim believed the online company to be real and began depositing money upwards of $2000 per week. However, when they went to redeem their money, the company told them they would call back and the victim has never heard from them since. The victim suspects they lost over $15,000.
On January 17 a member of the Columbia Valley RCMP was conducting speed enforcement on Hwy 93/95 near Windermere when they initiated a traffic stop for speeding. The vehicle sped up initially then slowed and began to pull over, however at the last second, turned around and sped off. The police officer did not pursue the vehicle as he was able to obtain the license plate and identified the registered owner, who can be charged for failing to stop for police.
On January 18 members of the Columbia Valley RCMP were conducting road safety road checks when they observed a vehicle almost rear end another vehicle as they approached the road check. Members identified the driver and formed suspicion that they were operating a motor vehicle with alcohol in their system. As such, the ASD (approved screening device) demand was read and the driver provided two failed readings, indicating he was above the legal limit. The driver was issued a 90-day provincial immediate driving prohibition and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.