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Cop charged in fatal crash

The RCMP officer involved in a fatal crash that killed a 21-year-old girl in Salmon Arm earlier this year has been charged with dangerous driving.

Micah Chan, 36, was charged Thursday with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and will make his first appearance in a Salmon Arm courtroom early next year.

The charge stems from an incident this past June, when 21-year-old Cherryville resident Courtenay Eggen was killed during a high-speed chase with police. She died when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a dump truck parked along Auto Road SE in Salmon Arm during the early morning hours of June 21..

The Independent Investigations Office quickly took over the scene and initially said they had no information that a police cruiser had been damaged in the pursuit, with the RCMP stating they had called off the chase prior to the crash.

Pictures from the scene obtained by Castanet show an RCMP vehicle with a flat tire and a dented trunk near where Eggen’s vehicle came to rest.

According to the IIO’s report given to the crown last month, they say Chan observed Eggen’s vehicle blow through a stop sign and that began a brief pursuit. It was then terminated before Eggen lost control and crashed. Shortly thereafter, Chen reported back that he was “off-road near Auto Road and 50th Ave.”

Chan is scheduled to be in court on Feb. 4, 2014.

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