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B.C.’s police watchdog investigating crash involving Vernon RCMP

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January 25, 2019 - 5:16 PM

VERNON - The Independent Investigation Office is looking into a serious crash early this morning involving the Vernon RCMP.

A suspect vehicle attempting to get away from police smashed into tree near a creek bank around 32 Avenue, according to an RCMP media release.

It all started at approximately 2:44 a.m. today, Jan. 25, when police were tipped off about a suspicious Cadillac. About an hour later officers spotted the car and tried to pull it over.

The driver took off and crashed into the tree on 32 Avenue.

The driver and the passenger were arrested and taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, police say. They were released from hospital and remain in custody.

The province’s police watchdog have been called in to investigate and will determine if the actions of police caused the crash.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Independent Investigation Office at 1-855-446-8477.

The investigation office is called in to investigate any police involved incident that results in injury or death.

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