Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Quesnel that resulted in one man sustaining a serious injury.
Information provided by the RCMP states that at about 5:20 p.m. on March 10, 2023, members of the Quesnel RCMP were patrolling when they observed a man driving a GMC pickup truck in the area of North Fraser Road and Marsh Drive. The man was believed to have a driving prohibition, and police attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, it is reported that the man did not stop, and police did not pursue.
A short time later, the pickup was observed by officers from the RCMP and Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) on Edkins Street. There was a collision between the truck and police vehicles.
The man was subsequently taken into custody. During the incident, he sustained a serious injury.
The IIO was notified of the incident shortly after it occurred and commenced an investigation. Initial investigative steps have confirmed that the man’s injury meets the definition of serious harm, as defined by the Police Act, and the investigation into the details of the incident continue.
The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or video 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.