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Investigation Begins into Arrest of Woman by Cape Breton Police


The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) has commenced an investigation regarding the circumstances that lead to serious injuries sustained by a 22-year-old female on Sunday evening. 

On June 10 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Cape Breton Regional Police (CBRP) officers responded to a call from concerned family members about a female threating to run into oncoming traffic at Exit 4, Frenchvale, Hwy#125.

Once on scene, police noted the female was confused and incoherent and made the decision to arrest her under provisions of the Involuntary Psychiatric Treatment Act. She was then transported to Cape Breton Regional Hospital for assessment.

Upon arrival at the hospital, she fled custody from the police, jumped over a pony wall and landed on the roof below. She regained her balance and continued running until she came to the end of the roof and then jumped off the roof. She sustained two broken legs and two compressed discs.

Due to the serious nature of her injuries, the Cape Breton Regional Police referred the matter to SiRT.

A SiRT investigator made his way to Cape Breton Monday afternoon and has assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia.  Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Felix Cacchione. The director can independently launch an investigation or begin one after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. SiRT can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.


Media Contact:

Felix Cacchione


Phone: 902-718-9707