Police watchdog seeks witnesses to traffic stop near Ladysmith

The province’s Independent Investigations Office is casting around for witnesses to a police traffic stop near Ladysmith that resulted in a man being injured.

The organization, which investigates all officer-related incidents that result in harm or death regardless of whether or not a complaint has been lodged, is investigating a traffic stop that happened just after midnight April 17.

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According to information provided to the IIO by the RCMP, police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a white minivan in the 100-block of Highway 1. The male driver of the vehicle reportedly did not stop.

Police vehicles were used to bring the van to a stop and the man was removed from the vehicle. A police service dog was used to assist in taking him into custody.

According to the IIO, the driver sustained a serious dog bite injury and was transported to hospital for treatment.

The IIO asks anyone with information about the incident to call its witness line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or use the online form at iiobc.ca.

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