No charges approved following motor vehicle incident involving Surrey RCMP Officer

THE BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) announced on Tuesday that no charges have been approved against a member of the Surrey RCMP involved in an attempted traffic stop on January 7 of a suspected impaired driver. The suspect driver refused to stop for the officer and engaged in driving that culminated in a single vehicle rollover. The driver suffered serious injuries in the rollover.

Because of the serious nature of the injuries, the incident was investigated by the Independent Investigations Office (IIO). Following the investigation, the Chief Civilian Director of the IIO determined that there were reasonable grounds to believe the officer may have committed offences and submitted a report to the BCPS.

In this case, the BCPS has concluded that the available evidence does not meet the BCPS’s charge assessment standard. The BCPS is not able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the officer committed any offence in relation to the incident. As a result, no charges have been approved.

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