The Independent Investigations Office says RCMP reported a motorcyclist travelling at high speed on Highway 1 at 8:42 p.m.
Police allege that the motorcyclist was driving quickly on the highway and that when he was pulled over, the motorcyclist initially stopped but, just as the RCMP member was in the process of getting out of the police cruiser, took off again.
An officer pulled over the male driver, but RCMP reported that he drove off as the officer got out of his vehicle.
The police watchdog stresses that it investigates whenever police are involved in an incident in which someone dies or is seriously injured regardless of whether “there is any allegation of wrongdoing.”
Motorcyclist injured in crash on Highway 1 in Kamloops
Shortly afterward, the motorcyclist reportedly hit the centre median and went into oncoming traffic. He was transported to the Royal Inland Hospital for treatment, according to the IIO.
The watchdog is asking anyone with information about the incident or the crash to contact the IIO witness line at 1-855-446-8477.
B.C.’s police watchdog is looking for witnesses after a motorcyclist who police allege took off from a traffic stop was injured in Kamloops on Saturday night.
The IIO is B.C's independent civilian oversight agency of the police. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.
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B.C.’s police watchdog has been called to Kamloops to investigate a motorcycle crash Saturday night.
The Independent Investigations Office says a Kamloops RCMP officer spotted a motorcycle travelling westbound on Highway 1 at high speed around 8:42 p.m.
“Shortly after, it was reported that the male’s motorcycle hit a centre median and went into oncoming traffic (eastbound on Highway 1),” an IIO news release states.
The IIO investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.
#Kamloops crews are at Comazzetto rd and #BCHWY1 for a motor cycle vs pick up, Highway will be closed down asking @Argo_Thompson for cones photo courtesy Pav Gill pic.twitter.com/OXQo3QQEoL