First responders on the scene of Thursday’s accident near Black Bear Bridge corner.

First responders on the scene of Thursday’s accident near Black Bear Bridge corner.

Impaired driver causes accident in Kimberley

A busy weekend on the roads has led to two arrests in Kimberley and several violation tickets.

  • Oct. 26, 2014 1:00 p.m.

CAROLYN GRANT

A busy weekend on the roads has led to two arrests in Kimberley and several violation tickets.

The first incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, October 23.

RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel reports that Kimberley RCMP, Fire Department and BC Ambulance all attended a crash on Hwy 95A at Rotary Drive that was caused by an impaired driver.

“The driver, a 24-year old female from Cranbrook, failed to stop before turning left onto highway 95A from Rotary Drive, near Black Bear Bridge, and then entered the opposing lane hitting on oncoming vehicle head on,” Newel saId.

“Once on scene police quickly noted the driver showed signs of alcohol consumption and entered into an impaired driving investigation.

“The officer read the breath demand and the driver supplied a breath sample into the Roadside Screen Device which was a “Fail”.

The subject was then taken back to the detachment where two more breath samples were obtained on a Breathalyzer; both those samples were over the legal limit.”

Newel says that charges of Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm have been recommended.

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to East Kootenay Regional with injuries to her leg and collar bone. The passenger of the other vehicle was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.

“There is a common misconception that impaired drivers are only out at night,” Newel said. “Police are on the lookout for impaired drivers at all times. Remember if you drink, don’t drive.”

Another arrest occurred Friday night when police stopped a vehicle after noting the driver was not displaying an N to indicate a new driver.

“Kimberley RCMP were conducting a road check just east of Kimberley on highway 95A when the incident took place,” Newel said. “Upon approach police asked the driver for her license, she produced an N license and police noted there was no N visible on the back of the vehicle.  Police did further checks on the vehicle and saw that it had been involved in an impaired driving investigation a year ago. A review of the file found the accused was wanted.  Believing the passenger may be the subject of an arrest warrant police asked for some identification, once identity was confirmed he was arrested. He had failed to attend court on the impaired driving charge and is now facing another charge of Fail to Attend court.

Two other drivers were issued violations tickets the same night for failing to possess a valid driver’s license, Newel reports

“In the first instance an officer checked a vehicle and found the driver’s license of the registered owner had been suspended. The vehicle was stopped and police confirmed identity of the driver. During discussion it was learned that the subject was behind in his family maintenance payments and his driver’s license was suspended.

In the second case during the road check an officer asked a driver for his license.

“He said he didn’t have it but was only going a short distance,” said Newel. “This immediately raised suspicion. A check found the driver had not held a valid license for four years.  In 2010 the driver had been the subject to an impaired driving investigation and his driving privileges revoked.  Although he was not long prohibited from driving he failed to get a new license. He told police he thought it was automatically reinstated. The procrastination was likely due to money owing for fines.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A medical worker prepares vials of the COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Sinopharm, left, Sputnik V, center, and Pfizer at a vaccine centre, in the Usce shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Serbian authorities are looking for incentives for people to boost vaccination that has slowed down in recent weeks amid widespread anti-vaccination and conspiracy theories in the Balkan nation. The government has also promised a payment of around 25 euros to everyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
38 new COVID-19 cases, more than 335k vaccines administered in Interior Health

Interior Health also to start targeted vaccinations in high transmission neighbourhoods

FILE PHOTO
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton, the historians behind popular Facebook page Lost Kootenays, are set to release a book of the same name and have just unveiled its cover showing the ghostly Hotel in Slocan City shortly before its 1953 demolition. Photo courtesy of Greg Nesteroff and Eric Brighton.
Popular historical Facebook page Lost Kootenays set to release book

128-page hard copy documenting history of East and West Kootenays coming this fall

1914
It happened this week in 1914

May 2 - 8: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the newspapers at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

MBSS visual art students helped make the Cottage Restaurant’s protective barrier stand out for the summer. (Barry Coulter photo)
Artists give Cottage patio blocks a blast of colour

Mount Baker Secondary School visual art students gave the protective barrier at… Continue reading

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Most Read