Kamloops Mounties have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with an incident in May that involved a motorcyclist crashing a stolen bike on Highway 1 in Valleyview.
The decision of Robert MacDonald, the chief civilian director of the B.C. Independent Investigations Office, was released on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
On the night of May 18, a Kamloops Mountie tried to pull over a speeding motorcyclist. While the driver of the bike pulled to the side of the road, he accelerated away from the officer when the Mountie was approaching the bike.
MacDonald notes that the officer then called in to dispatch and did not pursue, but followed the motorcyclist at a normal speed, with emergency lights turned off.
“These events were all recorded by Officer 1's dash camera,” MacDonald said in his report.
According to another Mountie and civilian witnesses, the motorcyclist was weaving through traffic and, while looking over his shoulder, accelerated, striking a median and crashing. He was thrown from the motorcycle and slid for some distance along the pavement before standing up.
“About 30 to 45 seconds later, Officer 1 was seen approaching,” MacDonald said in his report. “He re- activated his emergency lights and pulled up to the accident scene.”
The driver of the motorcycle, which was found to have been stolen, was taken to hospital and treated for a broken ankle.
MacDonald found that the officer was justified in his initial attempt to stop the driver for speeding, noting the stop was carried out in a reasonable manner. MacDonald added that the officer responded appropriately by deciding not to initiate a police chase.