WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s police watchdog has cleared Winnipeg Police of any wrongdoing in a car chase that resulted in serious injuries.
In the early morning hours of May 23, 2016, officers pursued a Toyota Corolla whose licence plate did not match the vehicle.
When they activated their siren, the Corolla sped away on westbound Redwood, colliding with a Chrysler 200 at the intersection of McPhillips.
The occupants of the Chrysler were treated for minor scrapes and bruises.
One person in the Toyota suffered a broken femur while another had a fractured vertebra.
As a result of the serious injuries, the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) got involved.
They determined that the Toyota was going at least 94 KM/H and the police cruiser reached a speed of 86 KM/H before the suspect accelerated even more.
Officers chose not to keep pace and the crash happened shortly afterward.
The IIU says Winnipeg Police acted appropriately due to the excessive speed.