Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week April 5 through April 11, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 68 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

•On Thursday, April 8, an officer was conducting patrols in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a male walking on Highway 93 who was known to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was arrested without incident and upon searching the male; a pair of brass knuckles were located. The male was released on conditions to attend court at a later date in relation to the warrants and for breaching his previous conditions by possessing a prohibited weapon.

•On Friday, April 9, an officer was conducting speed enforcement on 13 St. in Invermere when he stopped a Chevrolet pickup for speeding. While speaking to the driver, the officer could smell an odour of liquor coming from the driver. The officer read a roadside breath demand to the driver, who refused to comply with the demand. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibition for failing to comply with a demand and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days. The driver was also issued violation tickets for speeding, failing to signal and unsecured load.

•On Sunday, April 11, at about 5:15 a.m. Columbia Valley RCMP attended a single vehicle collision on Highway 93/95 south of Windermere. The driver and lone occupant of a northbound Dodge Durango drove off the road and hit a tree. The driver was uninjured. 

•On Sunday, April 11, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of ongoing unlicensed ATV’s and dirt bikes traveling on the roads in Edgewater. Operators of unlicensed vehicles, including ATV’s and motorcycles, are reminded they may be subject to the following fines if operating on a public roadway: No Driver’s License – Sect. 24(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) – $276; Drive Without Insurance – Sect. 24(3)(b) MVA – $598; No Number Plate – 13(1)(b) MVA – $109.