Submitted by  Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Detachment Commander
Columbia Valley RCMP

This past week, from Jan. 25 through Jan. 31, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 59 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

•On Monday, Jan. 25, a white 2016 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from a driveway on 9th Avenue sometime overnight. The Jeep was located unoccupied in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, on Jan. 31. Columbia Valley RCMP is reminding residents to ensure they remove their keys from their vehicles, lock their doors and remove any valuables from sight. 

•On Tuesday, Jan. 26, at about 9 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a white Ford F150 on Athalmer Road in Invermere. The driver, who was prohibited from driving, was arrested and released on an appearance notice to attend court at a later date. The vehicle was impounded for seven days. 

•On Thursday, Jan. 28, at about 9 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Chevrolet Equinox on Highway 93/95 in Windermere. The officer discovered the driver did not have a valid driver’s license, and the driver and two passengers had outstanding warrants for their arrest. While arranging to have the vehicle towed, the officer noticed a small amount of a suspected illicit substance and drug paraphernalia on the passenger seat. The three occupants were arrested and released on appearance notices to attend court at a later date in relation to their outstanding warrants. 

•On Friday, Jan. 29, at about 10:30 a.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Radium Hot Springs when he came upon a two vehicle collision. The driver of a Subaru sedan was southbound on Highway 93/95 and attempted to make a left turn onto Eacrett Road when the vehicle reportedly started sliding in the slush and was struck by a southbound GMC Yukon. The driver of the Subaru was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

•On Saturday, Jan. 30, at about 11 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a party occurring in a rental suite in Panorama. Police attended and spoke to five occupants of the room who all resided at different addresses. The representative for the room was issued a violation ticket for attending a non-compliant event under the Emergency Program Act.