North Okanagan cop charged in connection with highway crash


NORTH OKANAGAN - A police officer in the North Okanagan is facing a charge of driving without due care and attention in relation to a collision with a motorcycle last summer.

Const. Megan Valenta of the Lumby RCMP detachment was charged July 31, after an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office.

The B.C. Prosecution Service announced the charge this morning, Aug. 1, in a media release.

Valenta was on duty and driving an RCMP truck on Aug. 6, 2016 when the vehicle collided with a motorcycle on Highway 6. A man and a woman riding the motorcycle were seriously injured.

Valenta next appears in Vernon Provincial Court Sept. 14. Because the matter is now before the courts, the prosecution service says it is unable to release any additional information.

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