Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a motor vehicle incident in Courtenay.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on July 9, 2021 at approximately 12:40 p.m., an officer travelling northbound on Headquarters Road north of Bridges Road observed a dark coloured vehicle travelling southbound that was reportedly speeding. The officer turned around and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, although the vehicle was reportedly already a distance away.
A short time later, the officer observed a dark coloured vehicle that had been involved in a single vehicle collision and located the male driver outside the vehicle a few metres away. The vehicle in the collision is believed to match the description of the vehicle the officer was attempting to stop.
The man sustained injuries in the collision, and the officer provided first aid until Emergency Health Services arrived and transported the man to a hospital for treatment.
The IIO has commenced an investigation to determine what role, if any, the officer’s actions or inactions may have played in the collision.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or dashcam footage of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.
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.