Released by:

Cpl. Jeff Witzke 

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, March 13 through March 19, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 48 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the file our officers responded to.

On March 15 RCMP were notified of a stolen vehicle report that occurred in Windermere. The vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside. Later the same day another vehicle was reported stolen, this time from Invermere. The vehicle was also left unlocked with the keys inside. 

Police are reminding everyone to make sure you to take your valuables out of and lock your vehicles.

On March 16 a member of the Columbia Valley RCMP was on patrol when they recognized a prohibited driver operating a motor vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted where the officer observed the driver to be in possession of a controlled substance. The amount was well over the 2.5 grams allowed. Also located was drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking and as such, the driver was arrested. The officer, a drug recognition expert, also formed the opinion that the driver was operating a motor vehicle while impaired by a drug. Bodily substance was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The investigation is still ongoing.