As a result of a vehicle check in the town area at 1:30 a.m., a 20-year-old female driver and passengers were spoken to. Open liquor was located in the 2007 Toyota and the driver had liquor on her breath. The vehicle was parked at the time. An ASD demand was read and the female sitting in the driver’s seat refused to provide a sample of breath, thinking that as she was not driving she didn’t have to provide a sample. The vehicle was impounded for 30 days and the driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days.
In the early morning hours, police were conducting a bar walkthrough and came upon a 20-year-old male from Invermere causing a disturbance with bar staff. The male was arrested and lodged in cells and given a ticket in the morning for being drunk in public.
Also on July 7, a 2000 Chevrolet vehicle was checked on 10th Avenue. The female driver with a new licence was driving contrary to her restrictions — not to have any liquor in her system and drive with more than one non-family member — failed to produce her licence and was driving without her N on her vehicle. She was charged with these offences and as well was given a 12-hour driver’s licence suspension. The vehicle was towed.
That same day, the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of break and enter at the Corner Café on 7th Avenue that resulted in cash stolen from the business. Entry was gained via a window. A report of vandalism to the air conditioning units at Valley Foods was also reported.
Finally, a vacant trailer in the 4900 block of Beatty Avenue in Canal Flats was broken into and a mirror was damaged.
July 7, 8
A number of unlocked vehicles were gone through in the Windermere area in the early morning hours. Small quantities of change along with a Garmin GPS were stolen, as were golf balls and a key stolen from a third vehicle. RCMP is warning the public to lock their cars.
At 8:30 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of a damaged window at Kootenay Saving Credit Union in Radium Hot Springs. No access was gained.
At 2:35 p.m., a District of Invermere 2003 Dodge truck with keys in the vehicle was stolen from Kinsmen Beach while the employee was working in the area. The truck was later located in Radium Hot Springs after police were provided with a lead to follow up on.
Also on July 9, Columbia Valley detachment members were contacted about a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer lying on its roof on Highway 93, north of the hot pools in Kootenay National Park. Police were advised that the driver was not harmed and driven to the Husky gas station. The officers spoke with the 41-year-old male driver from Nelson who advised he was travelling approximately 100 kilometres per hour when he rounded a curve and came upon a wet area and lost control. The driver was charged with fail to keep right under the Motor Vehicle Act.