Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, Jan. 18 through Jan. 24, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 43 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

On Monday, Jan. 18, at about 11:30 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a GMC Envoy on Highway 93/95 in Radium Hot Springs. Whiles speaking to the driver, the officer formed suspicion the driver had alcohol in his body. The driver complied with a breath demand and blew two “fails”. As a result, the driver was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

On Monday, Jan. 18 at 3:30 p.m. police received a report of a male refusing to wear a face mask in an Invermere retail store. An officer attended and spoke to the male who refused to comply with the facemask order and refused to provide officers with his full name. The male was arrested for obstruction and transported to the Detachment, where his identity was confirmed. The male was issued a violation ticket for failing to wear a face-covering contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 19, officers observed an adult female breaching her court ordered conditions by being outside her residence during her curfew. The female was arrested and searched incidental to arrest, at which time several suspected stolen items were located, which resulted in a shoplifting investigation. The female was brought before a judge and remanded in custody.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at about 5:00 p.m., emergency crews responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 93 near Numa Falls in Kootenay National Park. The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder failed to negotiate a curve and rolled the vehicle into a ditch. The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance to be assessed.

On Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10:20 a.m., emergency crews responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road in Invermere. A Chevrolet van pulling a trailer was northbound and made a left turn onto Athalmer Road in front of the southbound Dodge Nitro. The driver of the Dodge Nitro was transported to the hospital to be assessed.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, at about 9:00 p.m., police received a report that two individuals were stranded after they drove their vehicle onto a snowmobile path near Toby Creek Road and became stuck. Columbia Valley Search & Rescue was activated and quickly located and extricated the vehicle and occupants.

On Friday, Jan. 22, police received a report of a theft from a property on Caplio Way in Invermere. Sometime overnight, a Hotsy gas powered pressure washer and a set of 14” rims and tires were stolen from the property. The pressure washer had a Honda engine attached to it. Anyone with information is asked to contact Columbia Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers.