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ASIRT clears mountie after Cold Lake pursuit

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says a Cold Lake RCMP officer was in the right after a pursuit ended with one man dead in a crash. On August 6th, 2016 ASIRT says an unmarked RCMP SUV was involved in the pursuit of a Jeep police believe was being driven by an intoxicated driver. An RCMP officer in the SUV attempted to pull the Jeep over using lights and sirens as it sped down 16th Avenue, eventually colliding with a pickup truck.

ASIRT says EMTs were called out but the driver of the Jeep was later pronounced dead at the scene. Toxicology reports later showed the man to have a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit and traces of four drugs in his bloodstream. The three occupants in the truck were taken to the hospital, one of whom had what police call “Serious but non-life threatening injuries to her face and arm”.

In a report released today, ASIRT says their investigation has found the RCMP officer had the lawful right to attempt to pull the vehicle over. The report says the officer did try to mitigate the risks of a pursuit and the driver of the Jeep was ultimately the cause of the accident.

ASIRT says their mandate is to effectively, independently, and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person.

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