Nunavik police officers cleared in 2018 collision
Early morning crash injured three ATV passengers
Quebec’s Crown prosecutor’s office says it won’t lay charges against Nunavik police officers who were involved in an April 2018 vehicle collision that injured three.
Early on April 25, 2018, two Kativik Regional Police officers were patrolling the community of Kuujjuaq when a four-wheeler all-terrain vehicle collided with their vehicle.
A report from the Crown’s office said the police vehicle was approaching a curve along Kuujjuaq’s Aqpik Road that morning at around 1 a.m. when the officers noted the ATV coming towards them at high speed.
The driver swerved to the right to avoid the ATV, but the two vehicles collided, knocking the ATV’s driver and passengers to the ground.
The three minors on the ATV at the time were all injured in the crash—one of whom was seriously hurt and medevaced to a Montreal hospital.
Initial reports at the time of the collision alleged the driver of the ATV had been intoxicated.
The investigation into the collision was turned over to Quebec’s independent investigation agency, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, as in all cases when civilians are injured in an altercation that involves police.
The BEI issued its report on the incident earlier this year, but because one of the individuals implicated in the collision faced charges that were still before the court at the time, the agency withheld details of the event.
In a July 19 release, Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions confirmed that neither officer would face criminal charges related to the 2018 event.