On Feb. 8, at 3:28 a.m. Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident in Athalmer. Police located the driver of a 1988 red Ford pickup that had collided with a power pole. The male displayed several signs of impairment and was detained. He was escorted for breath samples of 170 mg%. During his detention, police also located a small quantity of marijuana. A 47-year-old Radium Hot Springs man was charged.
On Feb. 9, a 22-year-old Brooks, Alta. man was flown to hospital with head injuries after a snowmobile accident in the Paradise Mine area. The man had been high-marking when he drifted off course and over a 15 metre rock face. The male separated from the sled and he landed headfirst on a rock. He was wearing a helmet at the time, however, he still suffered severe head trauma. Although not part of a tour, the man was rescued by Toby Creek Adventures staff who were in the area.
Service truck stolen
Overnight on Feb. 9, unknown culprit(s) stole a blue Toyota flatdeck service truck from the School District shop in Invermere. The vehicle was parked with all keys reported accounted for. The vehicle was located abandoned in Calgary on Feb. 13, with damage to the windshield, side mirror and the steering column. Police are hoping an examination of the vehicle will yield a suspect.
Road check yields charge
On Feb. 10, a 48-year-old Invermere man was stopped in a police road check. The man displayed several symptoms of impairment resulting in his detention for impaired driving. The man was escorted to provide breath samples of 140 and 130 mg%.
Police are investigating a suspicious occurrence. On Feb. 11 police received report of two youths in Canal Flats contacting a neighbour reporting a third male was being choked by an unknown male. Police attended the location however, no one was located.
On Feb. 11 police stopped a 1991 blue Chevrolet Blazer after an officer located the vehicle driving slowly on the wrong side of the road. Police approached the vehicle to observe the driver displaying severe symptoms of impairment and detained him accordingly. The male was escorted to provide breath samples of 300 and 290 mg%. A 42-year-old Invermere man has been charged with impaired driving and driving while over .08.
Seatbelts help save lives
On Feb. 16 police, Fairmont Fire Rescue and Ambulance responded to a single vehicle rollover on Coy’s hill near Fairmont. Investigation found a southbound red Chevrolet Colorado pickup was travelling in the fast lane when the driver caught the slushy centre line and proceeded off road left. The vehicle hit a cement post, causing it to overturn and roll down a bank. The driver was transported to hospital with minor chest injuries while the passenger was unharmed.
The occupants attribute seatbelts and airbags to their walking away from the incident.