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Police watchdog drops investigation into Vernon crash

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January 28, 2019 - 11:35 AM

VERNON - Injuries sustained by a passenger involved in a vehicle incident involving the RCMP Jan. 25, have been deemed not serious enough for the Independent Investigation Office of B.C. to look into.

The police watchdog had been brought in to investigate the incident that took place in the early hours of Friday, Jan. 25. The incident saw a male passenger of a vehicle transported to hospital with head injuries after the vehicle failed to stop for police and hit a tree.

For the independent body to investigate, injuries must meet the definition of serious harm as defined in the Police Act, according to Independent Investigation Office media release. The injuries do not meet the definition of serious harm and have passed the file back to the RCMP, the release said.

Officers were tipped off about a suspicious Cadillac at 2:44 a.m. Jan. 25, RCMP said. About one hour later police spotted the car and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled and crashed into a tree on 32 Avenue.

Both the driver and passenger were arrested and taken to hospital were they were treated and released.

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