July 19, 2018 6:14 am
Updated: July 19, 2018 12:14 pm

Quebec police officer guilty of dangerous driving that caused death of 5-year-old boy

Nicholas Thorne-Belance, 5, was killed in 2014 when his father’s car was struck by an speeding, unmarked police cruiser driven by Patrick Ouellet in Saint-Hubert south of Montreal.

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A Sûreté du Québec police officer charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a five-year-old boy in 2014 has been found guilty.

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A Quebec judge handed down the verdict in a Longueuil courtroom on Thursday.

Nicholas Thorne-Belance was a passenger in his father’s car when it was struck by an unmarked police cruiser driven by Patrick Ouellet in Saint-Hubert south of Montreal.

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Ouellet’s trial last month heard he was travelling at more than 120 km/h in a 50 km/h zone when he hit the vehicle carrying the young boy.

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Ouellet was on surveillance duty when the crash occurred.

Sentencing will take place October 22.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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