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Investigation Begins into RCMP Attempted Traffic Stop
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is investigating the crash of a motor vehicle resulting in the death of the driver. The crash occurred when a member of the Luneburg RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, the RCMP officer turned to attempt to pull over a vehicle believed to be speeding on the Cornwall Road in Blockhouse, Lunenburg County. The vehicle sped away, and a short distance later left the highway on the opposite side of the road, crashing into the ditch and trees. The driver, and lone occupant, a 23 year old Lunenburg County man, was deceased at the scene. As a result of the death, in accordance with the Police Act, the RCMP contacted SiRT who assumed responsibility for the investigation into the crash.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call SiRT at 1-855-450-2010.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald.
The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
Ron MacDonald, QC