June 26, 2015 8:12 pm

Quebec officer formally charged with dangerous driving in death of boy

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Benjamin Shingler

LONGUEUIL, Que. – A Quebec provincial police officer has formally been charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a child near Montreal.

Patrick Ouellet was not in attendance today and was represented by his lawyer who accepted evidence during a brief initial court hearing in Longueuil.

The Crown announced one month ago that Ouellet faced the single charge in the death of five-year-old Nicholas Thorne-Belance, a passenger in his father’s car when they were struck by Ouellet’s unmarked police cruiser in February 2014.

The police vehicle was going at 120 kilometres an hour in a 50-kilometre zone.

Thorne-Belance died a few days later.

Ouellet has been suspended pending the outcome of the legal proceedings.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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