Submitted bySgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, Aug. 9 through Aug. 15, 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 Monday, Aug. 9, the owner of a Toyota Tundra reported someone had rummaged through her vehicle while it was parked in the Pine Ridge area of Invermere. A set of keys and a purse were stolen from the vehicle sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

• On Thursday, Aug. 12, at about 11 p.m., police received a report of a single vehicle collision at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 14th Street in Invermere. The driver of a GMC pickup had driven through the intersection and struck a fence. Police arrived and spoke to the owner of the vehicle, who was seated in the truck and matched the description of the driver. While speaking to the individual, the officer could smell a strong odour of liquor coming from his breath, as well as other indicators of impairment. The male was arrested for impaired driving and transported to the Detachment to provide a breath sample. The male refused to provide a breath sample and was held in cells until sober. The male was released on an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date in relation to failing to provide a breath sample. 

• On Friday, Aug. 13 the owner of a Toyota Tundra reported someone had thrown a rock through the passenger side window of her vehicle sometime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. while it was parked at the Ray Bryden dog park on Panorama Drive in Invermere. The motive for the mischief is unknown at this time.  

• On Saturday, Aug. 14, an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Ford F150 on Sinclair Street in Edgewater. While speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had alcohol in her body and read a breath demand to the driver. The driver complied with the breath demand and blew two “fails.” As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition, and her vehicle was impounded for 30-days. 

• On Sunday, Aug. 15, the owner of a Kia Sportage reported someone had smashed his vehicle window and stole a camera from inside his car sometime during the day while it was parked at a business on Arrow Road in Athalmer. 

• Columbia Valley RCMP would like to advise Invermere residents that police will be conducting training at the David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere on Friday, Aug. 27. The training will occur primarily inside the school but the public may notice a police presence near the school and should not be alarmed.