Fatal crash could bring charges to cop

The Independent Investigations Office has filed a report to the Crown in connection with the death of a driver who was pursued by a Mountie in Salmon Arm.

In a news release, the office says that just before midnight on June 21, the officer observed a vehicle proceed through a stop sign and followed.

It says that after the brief pursuit, which was terminated, the female driver lost control, slid sideways into a dump truck and died.

The IIO's chief civilian director, Richard Rosenthal, reviewed the file and forwarded a report to the Crown because he considered the officer may have committed an offence.

The office does not make any recommendations on what charges, if any, should be considered.

In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied that an offence was committed and that there is a substantial likelihood of conviction.

The driver killed been identified as 21-year-old Cherryville resident, Courtenay Brianne Eggen.

In response to an email sent from Castanet, just after the accident happened, to the IIO seeking details about a police car that was damaged during the pursuit, a spokesperson replied, “I have no information on a damaged police vehicle and we received no reports of other injuries.”

The Nov. 8 report now includes a line about the accident involving the police cruiser. Here is the quote from the report:

Here is the quote from the report:

"After a brief pursuit, the pursuit was ordered terminated. Shortly thereafter, the RCMP officer reported being off-road near Auto Road and 50th Ave."

At the time of the crash witnesses told Castanet the only reason the police gave up pursuit was because the police car involved in the chase had crashed - read the full story here.

- With files from Canadian Press

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