Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team cleared police over two vehicle pursuits in a report released Thursday.
One case happened at 2 a.m. on May 23. A Halifax Regional Police officer chased a speeding car on Dunbrack Street. The officer averaged 120 kilometres per hour during the 90 second chase, the report found.
The target vehicle, driven by a 14-year-old male, continued on and crashed at the intersection of Wentworth Drive and Dunbrack," Ron MacDonald, SIRT’s director, wrote.
A 17-year-old passenger fractured his pelvis and was treated at hospital.
SIRT said there was no traffic, the roadway was well lit, and road conditions were good.
“A passenger in the pursued vehicle noted that even after the officer discontinued the pursuit the driver of the pursued vehicle continued to drive faster. In the circumstances it was determined there were no grounds to consider charges in the matter,” MacDonald concluded.
The other case happened at noon on May 3. A Lower Sackville RCMP officer tried to stop a speeding car on Cobequid Road. The RCMP car accelerated to 118 kilometres per hour for 17 seconds before stopping the pursuit.
“The officer indicated he continued with his lights and siren to warn other drivers as the pursued vehicle approached the intersection where the accident occurred. As a result the driver of a car entering that intersection from Glendale was alerted to the oncoming pursued vehicle and stopped, avoiding a serious ‘t-bone’ collision,” MacDonald wrote.
“In the circumstances, it was determined there were no grounds to consider charges against the officer.”