Police watchdog investigates after one dead in crash on B.C.’s Highway 97A

B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating the actions of a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officer after a driver died following chase on a B.C. Interior highway.

The BC RCMP said Sunday that they’ve notified the Independent Investigations Office of an incident that resulted in one man’s death and one woman being taken to hospital.

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The Mountie saw what was believed to be an alleged stolen vehicle travelling south on Highway 97A on Sunday at around 3 a.m., RCMP said.

“The frontline officer attempted to stop the vehicle which had come to a stop in a shallow ditch near McCallan Road and the driver was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police said.

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Truck destroyed by flames near Highway 97 south of Vernon

A woman, who’d been in the passenger seat, was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Highway 97A remained closed in both directions for several hours near Armstrong, and a detour was in effect via Canyon Road.

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The watchdog is investigating to determine whether police action or inaction played a part in the man’s death.

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