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Medicine Hat Police and RCMP Absolved in High Speed Collision That Killed Two

 
 

MEDICINE HAT:   The agency that investigates the actions of police in serious matters, has ruled that officers from two Police agencies did not cause the death of two people in a car crash, following a high-speed chase. 

 

The incident occurred on November 22, 2013, when members of the Medicine Hat Police Service responded to an alleged domestic abduction.

 

Officers identified a vehicle believed to be associated with the abduction and attempted to stop it. However, the vehicle fled and police pursued it out of the city and west of Medicine Hat on Highway 1.

 

When the vehicle left the jurisdiction of Medicine Hat, RCMP officers took over the pursuit which reached speeds up to 177-km/h.

 

The suspect vehicle turned onto Highway 884 and then veered suddenly into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer unit.

 

The collision killed the driver of the suspect vehicle, identified as 27-yer old Branden Anderson and his passenger, 33-yer old Crystal Trotchie.

 

The driver of the tractor-trailer was treated for minor injuries.


The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, or ASIRT, noted that police searched a home in Medicine Hat, where the suspected abduction had occurred, and found evidence the woman was taken against her will.

 

It was the responsibility of ASIRT to investigate whether officers involved in the incident had caused the death of the two people in the suspect vehicle or committed any criminal offences.

 

ASIRT Executive Director, Clif Purvis, reviewed the team's investigation and determined that none of the officers from either Police agency had caused the deaths in this case.

 



Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 4/18/2014 4:28:06 PM
Source: Dori Modney (On Twitter - Dori_Modney) -- Country 95 News
 
 
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