The driver of this truck was seriously injured in the wake of a police chase that began in Queens County and ended in Granite Village on June 2. A probe has cleared police of any wrongdoing in the incident.
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There will be no charges laid against a Liverpool RCMP officer whose pursuit of a truck ended in a crash in Granite Village earlier this year.
An investigation by the province's Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) concluded there were no grounds for charges in connection with the June 2 pursuit.
Late that morning the officer was on the lookout for a truck driven by a 37 year old man accused of a domestic assault in Lunenburg. The vehicle was located on Highway 103, and pursued south until Granite Village. While the driver of the truck refused to stop, he drove at or near the speed limit throughout the pursuit.
The SIRT team determined as a part of their investigation that the man’s intent was to cause himself harm, but not hurt anyone else.
In Granite Village, the man intentionally accelerated across the highway toward a guardrail, and flipped his truck, causing fractures to his ribs and back. The pursuing officer was immediately on scene, and called for paramedics.
The investigation showed there was nothing about the officer’s driving that was dangerous. The SiRT report noted that the officer’s actions were commendable and helped ensure prompt medical attention for the man. As a result, the Director concluded there are no grounds to consider charges in this matter.
The full report is available at http://sirt.novascotia.ca .
SiRT is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who has the sole authority to determine if charges should be laid after the conclusion of an investigation.
SIRT can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a public complaint.