Missing Hikers Located

RCMP report for the week of October 5, 2011.

September 23

• Columbia Valley detachment members received a report of a theft of a homemade trailer near the takeout area at Riverside in Canal Flats.  The trailer had black, red and white tape at the back. It’s described as a 4×8 flat deck with an extra long neck.

• A citizen reported damage to a residence in the 8000 block of Shaughnessy in Canal Flats. A group of youths was observed in the area. Police attended and identified a group of youths. A couple of windows were discovered damaged. The youths’ parents were contacted and  Restorative Justice will be requested to intervene with one of the youths.

• Columbia Valley detachment responded to a single vehicle accident with downed wires on Panorama Drive. A 36-year-old male from Golden was operating a 2005 Western Star semi, carrying equipment on the flat deck. The clearance the driver had was legal, however, it appears that the ground he attempted to turn on had been worked on, resulting in a higher elevation than expected. Hydro attended to ensure the safety of the driver and emergency personal.

• During evening hours, police were notified of a possible impaired driver  in the town area. Police located the vehicle and identified  an elderly driver at the wheel. Police were relieved to learn that the person was not impaired. The driver stated she had not been drinking, just can’t see at night. When questioned why she was not wearing her glasses as stipulated as her driving restrictions she responded a nice optometrist said she didn’t have to wear the glasses. The nice policeman told her to wear her glasses or ensure she has her eyes re-tested.

September 24

• An elderly female with dementia walked away from Columbia House. Search and Rescue were mobilized, but the female was located by a citizen who observed the woman and returned her to Columbia House. Our thanks to this citizen for being alert.

• Columbia Valley detachment members responded to a driving complaint on Kootenay Road No. 3. A 22-year-old female from Invermere was checked operating a ’98 Ford Explorer. The driver displayed signs of having consumed liquor. A breath sample demand was given and the driver blew a fail. Her licence was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.

September 25

• Over the weekend an adult female and adult male from Invermere were reported overdue from a hike in the Jumbo area.  The report was received around 1 a.m. on Monday.

The hikers’ vehicle was located in the back country but no one was in the area. Police activated lights and siren to listen for a return response.  Search and Rescue were activated and responded from Invermere and Kimberley. A fly over located the two people moving downhill. Weather caused the two to stay overnight in a cabin. Both were not prepared for an overnight stay or properly clothed.


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