Winnipeg police officer charged in crash that sent several to hospital

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Winnipeg Police cruiser crashes into van
A Winnipeg police cruiser crashed into a van on Salter Street and Aberdeen Avenue on Saturday at 7:20 p.m – Jul 15, 2019

Manitoba’s police watchdog has charged a Winnipeg police officer in connection with a crash involving a police cruiser that sent several people to hospital — including two officers — last summer.

The crash, which was caught on tape by a surveillance camera, happened at the corner of Salter Street and Aberdeen Avenue on the evening of July 13, 2019.

Footage of the crash was widely shared online.

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The footage appears to show a marked cruiser heading west on Aberdeen Avenue go through a stop sign at the intersection before hitting a minivan that had been heading south on Salter Street.

In the video, the van flips onto its side following the crash and slides through the intersection.

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Four occupants of the van and the two officers in the cruiser were all taken to hospital where they were treated and released.

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Shortly after the crash, police said the cruiser had been responding to reports of a suspicious man in the area.

On Monday, the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, which investigates all serious incidents involving police officers in the province, announced charges have been laid against a Winnipeg police officer.

“The IIU has conducted a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances of this incident,” the IIU said.

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“IIU Civilian Director Zane Tessler is satisfied there are reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence occurred.”

Const. John Misiewicz-Buzahora has been charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Misiewicz-Buzahora will appear in provincial court on July 6.


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