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No Charges in King’s County RCMP Pursuit
The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) today released its report regarding an investigation into a July 24, 2016 motor vehicle crash near Weston, King’s County which followed a pursuit by a member of the RCMP.
Late that evening the RCMP had received three complaints about a motor vehicle which was being driven recklessly and at very high speeds. Alcohol appeared to be a factor. The car was located by the RCMP officer driving east on Highway 101 near Aylesford at 165 km/h. The officer attempted to stop the car but it continued at a high speed and turned off the highway at exit 16 and then turned onto Hwy. 221. The officer discontinued his pursuit at that time for safety reasons. Two kilometers later the car left the road, flipped several times, and ejected both occupants. One was very seriously injured.
The investigation found the officer travelled at high speeds on Hwy. 101 in an effort to catch up to the car. However, given the dangerousness of the car’s driving it was reasonable to do so to attempt to stop the car. At the time the car left the road after the pursuit ended it was travelling at a speed of 165 km/h.
In these circumstances, there are no grounds to consider any charges against the police officer.
A complete copy of the report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca.
SIRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is solely responsible for decisions respecting the laying of any charge.
Ron MacDonald, QC