Wednesday April 16, 2014

Salmon Arm Mountie charged with dangerous driving in high speed chase that ended in death

An RCMP officer has been charged with dangerous driving following a road chase last June in Salmon Arm in which a woman died after losing control of her vehicle.

Const. Micah Chan has been charged with dangerous driving, but not dangerous driving causing death, as there is insufficient evidence to prove that the officer’s conduct and driving legally contributed to the fatal crash, Criminal Justice Branch spokesman Neil MacKenzie said in a media release.

On June 20, 2013, Chan was monitoring traffic at an intersection when the female driver failed to stop at a stop sign.

Chan attempted to pull over the vehicle, but it sped away from the scene. The officer then allegedly pursued the vehicle “at a high speed.”

The other driver lost control of her vehicle and died in the ensuing crash.

“A short time later, Const. Chan allegedly lost control of his police vehicle at approximately the same location, and slid off the road,” read the statement.

The Independent Investigations Office then took conduct of the case and determined that available evidence, including statements from two civilian witnesses, indicated Chan was a “significant distance” behind the other driver prior to the fatal crash.

“It is not possible to establish beyond a reasonable doubt what factors initially caused the other driver to engage in high speed driving, and/or what factors led to the loss of control that resulted in the fatal collision,” the statement read.

Chan is expected back in court on Feb. 4, 2014.

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