Port Moody police officer may have committed offences in motorcyclist crash with cruiser: IIO

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) says a Port Moody police officer may have committed criminal offences, after a motorcyclist was left with serious injuries when they collided with a cruiser last year.

In an update Monday, the IIO said its investigation determined that “reasonable grounds exist to believe that one officer may have committed offences in relation to the use of their police vehicle.”

Due to this, the IIO has now forwarded the report to the BC Prosecution Service for it to consider charges.

The incident in question happened on July 25, 2023, when a frontline officer tried to pull over a motorcyclist at around 6:30 p.m.

At the time, the Port Moody Police Department claimed the rider didn’t stop and tried to drive away. The motorcyclist ended up colliding with a police vehicle at the intersection of Glenayre Drive and Valour Drive.

Police at the time said the rider was hurt and was taken to the hospital but noted their injuries were non-life-threatening.

The IIO explains that in order to approve any charges, “the BC Prosecution Service must be satisfied that there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO, and that prosecution be required in the public interest.”

The IIO says now that the investigation is with the Crown, it will not be releasing any further details.

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