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Grande Prairie RCMP officer charged after hitting man with car: ASIRT

FILE: A Grande Prairie RCMP officer has a court date following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
FILE: A Grande Prairie RCMP officer has a court date following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT). File

A Grande Prairie RCMP officer has a court date but remains on active duty following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).

Const. Damien Lessard-Jomphe has been charged with “dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm” after hitting a 28-year-old man with an RCMP vehicle.

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On April 24, 2021, officers received information about two suspicious men on bikes in the area of 108 Avenue and 99 Street. One of the bikes was towing a dolly with a safe — which was later determined to be stolen — attached to it. The man with the safe was detained immediately but the second man rode off towards 107 Avenue.

ASIRT said a second police car entered the area and the driver, Lessard-Jomphe, chased the man. The man biked across a residential yard and Lessard-Jomphe followed him. The car hit the man on the bike on the side yard of the house, causing serious injuries, ASIRT said.

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EMS was called and RCMP members gave first aid to the injured man before he was taken to hospital.

Lessard-Jomphe is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 30 in Grande Prairie. ASIRT said no further information will be released as the matter is now before the courts.

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