Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

On January 18 police were advised by the Kimberley RCMP of a vehicle stolen out of their jurisdiction which was believed to be in the Canal Flats area. 

Members located the vehicle a short time later at which time it fled from police. The vehicle proceeded into Invermere where it was eventually located. All three suspects were arrested after a short foot pursuit and held to be brought before the courts. A search of the vehicle revealed firearms and drugs. Multiple charges have been recommended.

On January 19, after being released from custody by the courts, one of the suspects from the above file stole another vehicle in Invermere and drove south toward Cranbrook. 

Police located the vehicle and activated emergency equipment; however, the vehicle failed to stop and began to drive erratically. 

The male was later located by the Kimberley RCMP hitchhiking on the highway and was taken into custody. Further charges have been recommended.

Columbia Valley RCMP have received a number of complaints regarding the driving behaviour around snowplows. 

It is both illegal and dangerous to pass a snowplow on the right hand side, and it is dangerous to pass a snowplow while it’s actively plowing snow on the left due to restricted visibility. 

Snowplow drivers will pull over and let traffic pass if required, but remember, if the plows are out, it likely means road conditions are snowy and/or slippery and speeds should be reduced accordingly.