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Investigation Commenced into Attempted Stop of Impaired Driver
Shortly before 4 a.m Sunday morning Halifax Regional Police (HRP) encountered two motor vehicles on North West Arm Drive that appeared to be racing. They were quickly able to stop one vehicle, a truck, and learned the other vehicle, a car, had earlier collided with this truck. As they attempted to stop the car it sped off at a high rate of speed. It was found a short time later on Osborne Avenue where it had crashed into a pole.
The male driver of the car was arrested and is under investigation for impaired driving and flight from police. The two male passengers were taken to hospital. One suffered no serious injuries, while the second suffered a broken collarbone. As a result of that injury HRP contacted SiRT at 5:30 a.m. At that time SiRT assumed responsibility for the investigation into the circumstances of the attempted stop and injury suffered by the passenger.
Anyone who may have witnessed the attempted stop and crash is asked to call 902-424-2010, or toll free 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.
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