Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno

Detachment Commander

Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, August 23rd through August 29th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 90 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

•On Tuesday, August 24th at about 4:15 pm Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 95 near Brisco. The driver of a Jeep Wrangler drove off the road and rolled the vehicle onto its side. The driver was uninjured. 

•On Thursday, August 26th at about 1:15 pm an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Toyota Sienna on Highway 93/95 near Invermere. While speaking to the driver, the officer noted signs of impairment and read a roadside breath demand to the driver. The driver provided two breath samples, which both resulted in “fails”. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days. 

•On Thursday, August 26th at 11:00 pm an officer was conducting patrols in Windermere when he observed a brown Chevy Blazer quickly turn down a side road after observing the police cruiser. The officer located the Blazer parked at Osprey Point with a female standing nearby. The officer observed a Husqvarna weed whacker in the back of the vehicle, which was believed to be stolen property. The adult female was arrested for possession of stolen property and transported to cells where she was released on conditions to attend court at a later date. 

•On Friday, August 27th at about 7:15 pm emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 near Dry Gulch. The driver of a GMC pickup drove off the highway and into a ditch. The driver of the truck admitted to consuming alcohol earlier in the day and complied with a roadside breath demand. The driver was transported to the Detachment where he provided two breath samples that were both over the legal limit. The driver was released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date. 

•On Saturday, August 28th at about 7:45 pm emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Government Street and Sinclair Avenue in Windermere. Witnesses reported the driver of a Smart Car had suddenly accelerated through the intersection striking a Mercedes car. None of the occupants was seriously injured. The driver of the Smart Car was transported to the hospital to be examined, as it was believed a medical event may have precipitated the collision. 

•On Sunday, August 29th at about 12:00 pm emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Radium Hot Springs. The driver of an eastbound Dodge Ram pickup crossed the centre line and collided with a westbound Dodge Journey. Two occupants in the Dodge Journey were transported to the hospital with undetermined injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was issued a violation ticket for failing to keep right.