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 Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) is investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that put a 25-year-old woman in hospital with serious injuries early Sunday morning after she was struck by a vehicle during a police intervention.
According to a preliminary report provided to the BEI, officers with the Service de police de l’agglomération 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.
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.
The woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both drivers are expected to face impaired-driving-related charges and both vehicles were impounded.
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 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.
Anyone who witnessed the event is asked to contact the BEI through its website at bei.gouv.qc.ca.