West Kelowna RCMP officers cleared by independent investigators

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WEST KELOWNA – The province’s police watchdog has concluded there was no wrongdoing last week when a pair of suspects went into medical distress after being transported to the Kelowna RCMP detachment.

A 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were taken into custody after a suspected stolen vehicle was stopped by the West Kelowna officers on the morning of Sept. 26.

RCMP said at the time police used a spike belt to stop a stolen pickup truck allegedly trying to get away, and with the help of a police dog, two suspects were arrested.

The suspects were transported to the detachment but when they arrived, they went into medical distress, according to a release from the Independent Investigations Office of B.C.

The suspects were taken to Kelowna General Hospital by ambulance and treated. The office says the couple is expected to make a complete recovery.

The chief civilian director of the Independent Investigations Office says the medical issues were a result of “substances ingested by the individuals and unrelated to the actions of the officer involved.”

The director says the appropriate steps were taken when the suspects went into distress.

The investigation has wrapped up and the director says, “the officers involved in the incident did not cause the persons harm and the matter has therefore been concluded.”

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