June 02, 2016 - 9:37 AM
KAMLOOPS - Local Mounties are not to blame for the injuries two people received when a man and woman were on the run from police crashed into their vehicle, an independent investigation has found.
Aidan Buckley at the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. says their team has released jurisdiction over the case.
“There was no connection found between the injuries of the affected persons and the actions or inactions of police,” Buckley says in an email.
The investigation began last week after Kamloops RCMP located a vehicle believed to be involved in a series of lottery ticket thefts on Friday, May 27. As they were waiting for a tow truck the two suspects jumped in an SUV and took off. The vehicle was located a short time later, but “due to the public traffic present and the manner in which it was being driven” officers didn’t give chase.
The SUV was then involved in a crash at Eighth Avenue and Columbia Street which seriously injured a man and woman. The suspects escaped again by stealing the vehicle of a man who stopped to provide assistance to the injured couple.
The investigation office was called in to assess police actions surrounding the crash.
On Saturday, Vernon police responded to a lottery ticket theft and located the vehicle stolen from Kamloops. The two suspects were injured during the arrest and needed medical assessment. The 42-year-old man and 33-year-old woman were set to appear in court this week.
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