Quebec officer formally charged with dangerous driving in death of boy
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.
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