Charges against Moun­tie pos­si­ble in crash that killed col­league

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

SUR­REY, B.C. — Bri­tish Columbia’s po­lice watch­dog has for­warded a re­port to Crown coun­sel for con­sid­er­a­tion of charges against an RCMP of­fi­cer who was chas­ing a ve­hi­cle that hit a po­lice cruiser, killing the of­fi­cer inside, Sarah Beck­ett, 32. The In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice says it fo­cused its in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the RCMP of­fi­cer who first at­tempted to stop and pull over a ve­hi­cle. It has for­warded its re­port to the Crown to con­sider that the of­fi­cer pur­su­ing the ve­hi­cle may have com­mit­ted an of­fence. The unit does not make any rec­om­men­da­tions whether charges should be ap­proved. It says in a news re­lease that the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Branch must be sat­is­fied that an of­fence may have been com­mit­ted and that it can be proven be­yond a rea­son­able doubt. Ken­neth Fen­ton, the man ac­cused of hit­ting Beck­ett’s ve­hi­cle broad­side, faces five charges, in­clud­ing im­paired driv­ing caus­ing death and flight from po­lice caus­ing death.

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