KELOWNA – A RCMP officer may have broke the law during a high-speed police pursuit and crash in December that critically injured a Kelowna man.
The paper carrier was making early morning deliveries when he was struck by a car that had run a police roadblock and was being pursued by Mounties.
Because someone was seriously hurt in a police involved incident, the Independent Investigations Office of BC became involved.
The agency now reports: “After examining the incident, the Independent Investigations Office determined an RCMP officer may have committed a criminal offense. A report has been sent to Crown Counsel which will decide if there are sufficient grounds to charge the officer. The I-I-O is not revealing any details of its investigation.”
But the investigation may involve gun shots.
That’s because a man who admits to driving the car that struck the paper carrier says police were shooting at them during the chase.
“I heard three pops. I know what gun shots sound like. I heard three,” says Don Brodie.
Or the RCMP officer may have committed a criminal offense by allegedly ramming the suspect vehicle into the paper carrier.
“He sort of forced us to the side and when we got to the side, he gunned it and hit us from the side. He tried to ram us into a pole. We missed the pole and hit him,” says Brodie.
Crown Counsel doesn’t know how long it might take to determine if charges are warranted.
The Kelowna RCMP is not commenting on the findings of the I-I-O investigation.
Don Brodie is being held in custody on numerous charges stemming from the chase and crash.