School patrols: One of the detachment’s priorities is to continue to be visible during the morning, while the kids are walking to school. Drivers are very good with the school zones, however being on the phone can be more of a danger for the kids.
For the new drivers, we will be doing the odd stationary road checks to ensure you are complying with the rules of your “L” and “N” designation on your driver’s licence. Hefty fines will result in prolonging your goal of getting rid of the scarlet letters.
The Columbia Valley detachment received a report of a hit and run that happened on August 30 between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. where a 2012 Chev pick up was parked near Valley Fitness. A vehicle had backed into the Chev. A suspect vehicle was later identified and a 50-year-old female from Invermere has been charged with fail to remain at the scene of an accident under the Motor Vehicle Act.
At 8:20 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of theft of an ‘86 Plymouth Reliant from the 1600 block of 12th Avenue. The owner contacted the detachment later in the day and advised that the vehicle was located down an embankment 3 kilometres north of Wilmer on Westside Road with minimal damage. No suspects were identified.
At 8:30 a.m., the detachment received a report of an unwanted person in an apartment suite in the 2000 block of 3rd Avenue. A 22-year-old male from Invermere was located and requested to depart and not return. The male co-operated with police.
The Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of dine and dash; however, when investigated it was determined that an amount of money was left on the table, just not the full amount. The staff at Melting Pot recognized one of the patrons and the police left it with the staff and patron to fix the error. Police will follow up with the restaurant to determine if it was dealt with.
The Columbia Valley detachment received a report of an assault that happened approximately a week ago, whereby an 18-year-old male was assaulted at the rear parking lot area behind the Bank of Montreal. The victim received stitches but was not able to assist the police as he had little recollection due to a concussion other than to advise he recalls two males in their 20s. Anyone that has information in regards to this assault is requested to contact the detachment.
At 5:14 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of assault from a 34-year-old male from Calgary who advised he was walking in an area of a bush party north of Wilmer and struck up a conversation with a group of males. The victim was assaulted with minor injuries. The victim later in the day contacted the police to advise that he believes liquor was the problem and wished no further action or investigation from the police.
At 8:49 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment responded to a complaint of a vehicle parked in the middle of Horsethief Forestry Road. On attendance, a male was found behind the wheel asleep with the keys in the ignition. The male displayed signs of being impaired and an ASD demand was given. The first sample resulted in a fail reading. The second mandatory breath sample resulted in a warn. The lessor result was dealt with and the vehicle was impounded for three days.