Woman struck by alleged impaired driver outside Longueuil police HQ – Global News

Woman struck by alleged impaired driver outside Longueuil police HQ - Global News
After Longueuil police arrest drunk driver, his passenger hit by second drunk driver
Quebec’s Bureau of independent investigations (BEI) has dispatched a team of eight investigators to Longueuil after a 25-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle on Joliette Street, just steps away from Longueuil police headquarters on Curé-Poirier Boulevard.

At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, officers with Longueuil police arrested the driver of a vehicle for impaired driving.

According to a preliminary report provided to the BEI, officers with the Service de police de lagglomération de Longueuil (SPAL) stopped a vehicle at about 4 a.m. Sunday on Joliette St., steps from SPAL headquarters on Curé-Poirier Blvd. W., following a 911 call reporting erratic driving. They arrested a driver they suspected was impaired, a man in his 40s. He had two passengers, one of them female. The passengers were not detained.

Three people were inside the vehicle at the time of the arrest. The two passengers, including the 25-year-old woman, were not under arrest and so were allowed to move freely.

The BEI says the woman decided to cross the street, despite having been warned not to do so. That is when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

A tweet from the BEI on Sunday morning said eight people had been assigned to the investigation. The BEI is always called to investigate whenever a civilian is seriously injured or dies during a police incident,

The incident happened early Sunday morning at 4 A.M. just steps away from the Longueiul Police department @PoliceSPAL pic.twitter.com/BizZlwvvy8

The woman had stepped out of the vehicle and, despite being warned by police not to cross the street, she crossed and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the second car, 34, was also arrested.

Due to the sensitive and/or legal subject matter of some of the content on globalnews.ca, we reserve the ability to disable comments from time to time.

The BEI has asked the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) to provide support. The SQ will provide one expert in collision reconstruction to work with BEI investigators.

Video: Did You Ever Look So Nice – The Samples Live Acoustic

Longueuil police had a busy morning Sunday as the arrest of one allegedly drunk driver led to the arrest of a second.

The BEI is investigating after a passenger in one of the vehicles crossed the street despite police warnings and was hit by a second car.

The first driver's 25-year-old passenger is now in hospital after she was hit by the second allegedly drunk driver in front of the police station.

It was about 4 a.m. when somebody called 911 anonymously to report a suspected drunk driver on Joliette Street, according to police spokesperson Const. Ghislain Vallières.

"The police intercepted the car right in front of the police station and the guy was arrested for drunk driving," he said.

At first, his passenger appeared to be waiting for a lift on the sidewalk, but then she decided to cross the street in front of the station which is located on Curé-Poirier Boulevard West, at the Joliette Street intersection.

That's when she was hit by a car in the presence of police. That car was driven by a man who was quickly arrested for driving drunk, said Vallières.

Because the woman was injured during a police intervention, Quebec's police watch dog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), is looking into the matter.

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.