RCMP Report: Stranded snowmobilers crossed into National Park

Parks Canada will investigate the incident to determine if the group will be charged for entering the park on snowmobiles.

  • Jan. 19, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Suspicious Calls

The Golden-Field RCMP are continuing to investigate after a male received multiple suspicious phone calls on January 11 in which the caller, believed to be disguising his voice, described personal details about the complainant.

Tourist Hits Deer

An Australian tourist attended the Golden-Field RCMP Detachment on January 12 indicating that he had struck a deer near Highway 95 and McMurdo Road.  No injuries were reported, and arrangements were made by the vehicle rental company to have the vehicle towed.

Vehicle Strikes Barricade

Another male also attended the RCMP Detachment on January 12 indicating that he had been involved in a collision on January 2, in which he stated he had struck a cement barricade on Highway 1 near 10 Mile Hill.

Driver Lands in Ditch

On January 12, police were called to a single vehicle collision on Highway 1 near Field.  The caller indicated that she had gone off of Highway 1 in to the ditch, and did not report any injuries.

Police responded however prior to arrival were advised that the caller was able to get her vehicle out of the ditch.

Jacket Stolen at Bar

Police were advised on January 12 that a Black/Dark Blue Arc’teryx jacket had been stolen from a local bar the previous night.  The jacket has an estimated value of over $500.  Anyone with information regarding this or any other incident is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Speed Factor in Crash

Emergency crews including police, and BC Ambulance, responded to a collision on Highway 1 near Field, just before 7:30 p.m. on January 12.   While en-route an update was received that the two occupants of the vehicle had got a ride into Golden.  Police located the vehicle which was overturned in the westbound ditch, confirming there was nobody else involved.

The two occupants were later located at the Golden & District General Hospital, where the passenger was being treated for minor non-life threatening injuries.  Police believe that speed contrary to road conditions may have been a contributing factor.

No charges are expected to be laid in relation to the incident.

Collision with Truck

A Calgary resident attended the RCMP Detachment on January 13 indicating that he had been in a collision with a logging truck on Highway 95.  No injuries were reported.

Harassment at Hotel

On January 14, the Golden-Field RCMP was called to a local motel regarding an issue between to tenants after one alleged that the other had been harassing her.  Police spoke with both parties who agreed that they would try to avoid each other.

Police were called again the following day after the same complainant alleged that the other female had pushed her earlier that morning.  Police have documented the incident and will not be pursuing charges at the request of the complainant.

Employee Worried Employer after Failing to Sign Out

Police were called to check on the wellbeing of an employee who failed to check in with his company before going home at the end of his shift on January 14.

“The company became concerned when the employee was no longer answering the phone,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury.  Police were able to determine that there was nobody left on site and that the male had most likely forgotten to sign off.

Victim of Fraud

Police are continuing to investigate after a report was received on January 15 that a female had been the victim of fraud.  “In this instance the suspect is known to us, and we will be working with the victim to determine if any charges will be pursued,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

Truck Stolen

The Golden-Field RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle the morning of January 16.  The vehicle is described as a Grey 2006 Ford F-350 with a canopy on the box (pictured).

“The vehicle and suspected thief, approximately 40 years old, was spotted by police sometime around 12:30 am after it failed to stop for a police road check,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The vehicle took off from police at a high rate of speed and police were not able to locate the vehicle after.”  Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP or Crimestoppers.

Abandoned Vehicles at Resort

The Golden-Field RCMP would like to send out a reminder that those parking overnight on Kicking Horse Mountain Resort property must register their vehicles with either Kicking Horse Lodging (Glacier/Palliser Lodges) or the resort.

“We deal with a number of calls each year regarding abandoned vehicles at the hill,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

“These calls are priority files for us as we don’t know if somebody is missing or needs assistance on the hill.  This then takes our officers away from being able to respond to other files.”

Traffic Services Charges Two Locals with Possession and Trafficking

Two local men, both 26 years old, have been charged for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking after an investigation was forwarded to Crown Counsel by the Golden RCMP Traffic Services unit.

Police allege that on October 14, 2015 a vehicle was speeding through a construction zone on Highway 1 at which time a traffic stop was initiated.

“The investigating officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The occupants were arrested, and the vehicle was searched,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

Police say that the search resulted in just under 12 pounds, of what is believed to be marijuana, being seized.  The two appeared in court, in Golden, earlier this week.

Stranded Snowmobilers at Quartz

On January 16, 2016, just after 5:30 pm (MST), the Golden-Field RCMP was advised that a group of four snowmobilers were stranded near Quartz Creek, west of Golden,  and required a helicopter to rescue them.

Golden and District Search & Rescue (GADSAR) was immediately activated to conduct the rescue. Due to the time of day, GADSAR entered the area by ground, using snowmobiles, and was able to locate the group of four who were reportedly uninjured and waiting for rescuers at a nearby cabin.

“The group is believed to have crossed into Glacier National Park, at which time they became stuck and unable to get out,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury, spokesperson for the Golden-Field RCMP.

The four males, all from Alberta, were transported by GADSAR back to the staging area where their vehicle was parked.

The Golden-Field RCMP would like to thank GADSAR and Parks Canada for their continued support on Search & Rescue operations in the area.

Parks Canada will be continuing to investigate the incident to determine if the group will be charged under the National Parks Act for entering the park on snowmobiles. The group will also be required to organize and pay for a helicopter and permits to remove their snowmobiles from the National Park.


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