Injured man arrested following crash on Salt Spring Island, IIO investigating

Injured man arrested following crash on Salt Spring Island, IIO investigating
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The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia is investigating after Mounties arrested an injured man following a crash on Salt Spring Island.

Officers from Salt Spring Island RCMP were called to a serious single-vehicle collision in the 200-block of Stewart Road at around 3:30 p.m. on April 2, according to a BC RCMP press release.

All occupants inside the vehicle were injured, the RCMP release says, however, the driver fled the area on foot prior to officers arriving on scene.

The man, who was injured, was found in the 400-block of Cusheon Lake Road. Officers then attempted to arrest him but he allegedly resisted, according to the release.

Eventually, the man was arrested and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The release notes that the man was later transferred to a larger hospital for treatment of those serious injuries.

As a result, BC RCMP notified IIO, who will now be investigating the matter an effort to determine whether the injuries sustained were because of police actions or inaction, or the collision.

The IIO is the civilian-led police oversight agency responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of the actions or inactions of a police officer, whether on or off duty, in British Columbia.

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