A local business reported the theft of a pickup truck from 11th Ave North on Mar. 16. The vehicle had a B.C. licence plate of EJ6072. The truck is described as a White 2003 Ford F350 pickup truck with a rear headache rack and red tidy tank in the pickup box.
Also that day, a red F350 Ford pickup truck was recovered that had been stolen from Leduc. The investigation into the theft and recovery of these two vehicles continues. This vehicle was located near the dump on Golden Upper Donald Rd.
Illicit drugs found after chase
On Mar. 20, RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver near the Redgrave rest area. The suspect was driving a black Infiniti SUV. RCMP located the suspect’s vehicle, travelling eastbound just west of Donald. RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle at the four-lane weigh scales, the suspect vehicle reached a speed of 180 kilometres per hour. RCMP immediately terminated the attempt to stop the vehicle taking into consideration the danger to the public, offenders and police that these speeds and driving behaviour posed. Extensive patrols were conducted and after a couple of hours the suspect’s vehicle was located at a pull out at Doyle Creek. The vehicle had been driven over a slight embankment. RCMP followed two sets of foot prints and located a male and female on the banks of the Columbia River. The female was taken into custody without incident, while the male fled on foot on the CP Rail tracks and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.
Both subjects were arrested. After a search of their property, police located large quantities of illicit drugs. The drugs included over two kilograms of cocaine, 100 grams of heroine, vials of anabolic steroids and pills believed to be fentanyl. A small quantity of marijuana and open liquor were also found. The male subject has been charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, resisting arrest and four counts relating to the possession of the illicit drugs. The female has been charged with four counts relating to the illicit drugs and one count relating to flight from police. Both subjects next court appearance with be Apr. 8 in Golden.
Collision at Kicking Horse Canyon
On Mar. 20, RCMP received a report of a collision between two tractor trailer units at a sharp corner on the east end of Kicking Horse Canyon on the Trans Canada highway. RCMP members from Golden attended and determined an eastbound tractor trailer unit crossed the centre line and collided with the trailer of a westbound tractor trailer unit. There were no injuries, however the eastbound tractor trailer rolled over into the westbound ditch and had to be uprighted and towed. This caused interruptions to traffic on the Trans Canada highway. The driver of the offending vehicle is facing charges contrary to the motor vehicle act in B.C.
Parks Canada employees sprayed, assaulted
On Mar. 20, Parks Canada reported that two males were attempting to steal fuel from a loader at Yoho Pit when the suspects sprayed the Parks employees with bear spray and assaulted them. The two males got into a white Ford pickup truck with Alberta licence plates and left the scene. The Ford pickup truck had been reported stolen out of Leduc.
The Ford pickup truck was located shortly after by Parks Canada Wardens at the entrance to the Hoodoo campground. Golden and Lake Louise RCMP members attended along with Parks Canada wardens and conducted patrols in attempts to locate the subjects responsible for the assaults. It appears the suspects got into another vehicle and left the area.
Charges being considered in single vehicle accident
RCMP received a report of a single vehicle tractor trailer crash on the Trans Canada highway near Moberly flats on Mar. 22. Upon attendance RCMP assisted the driver of the transport truck out of his vehicle. The tractor trailer unit completely left the highway and collided with an electrical pole. The driver was not injured but presented symptoms of impairment. The driver was transported to the Golden detachment where he refused to provide breath samples. A search of the driver located a quantity of marijuana. The RCMP is considering charges of impaired driving, refusing to provide a breath sample and possession of marijuana.