Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, BC – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has deployed investigators to Sicamous following the early-morning arrest and hospitalization of a 38-year-old male driver.
RCMP report that on Monday, October 28, 2019 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Kelowna officers received a report of an erratic driver on Highway 97 near Lake Country. Armstrong RCMP officers attempted unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle. Sicamous and Salmon Arm RCMP officers stopped the vehicle south of Sicamous; again, the vehicle fled.
At approximately 3:20 a.m., the vehicle was stopped in Malakwa, 20 kilometres northeast of Sicamous. As officers attempted to take the driver into custody, he allegedly resisted and went into medical distress. He was transported to hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.