June 25, 2017 11:08 am

BEI investigating early morning collision in Sainte-Catherine

A 28-year-old man was seriously injured in a crash in Sainte-Catherine Sunday morning. June 25, 2017.

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Quebec’s bureau of independent investigations (BEI) is looking into a collision involving a police chase that sent a 28-year-old man to hospital with serious injuries Sunday morning in the South Shore community of Sainte-Catherine.

Preliminary reports suggest Sainte-Catherine police gave chase after encountering a vehicle coming in the opposite direction; the oncoming motorist was allegedly driving at high speed and failed to make mandatory stops.

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The officers in the patrol car did a U-turn and activated the cruiser’s sirens.

Police said the motorist then accelerated before crashing into two parked cars and a motorcycle, seconds later.

The driver was rushed to hospital with what are being described as serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

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A team of eight investigators arrived at the scene at 5:15 a.m. Sunday.

The BEI is now tasked with verifying the veracity of the preliminary reports.

The BEI is called in to investigate whenever a person is seriously injured, or dies, during a police intervention or while being detained by a police force.

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