Two Brandon Police Service officers have been charged under the Highway Traffic Act for an incident that was initially reported to involve an injury to a prisoner.
The province’s Independent Investigation Unit announced on Wednesday that one officer has been charged with driving carelessly and another has been charged with driving imprudently.
Both will appear in court on April 6.
In its initial release on the matter in September, the agency stated that it was investigating after a prisoner received minor injuries.
It stated that a Brandon police officer was escorting an intoxicated man to the Brandon jail on Sept. 10 when the individual hit his head on the interior of the police car and sustained a small cut above his eye. The car he was being transported in was also rear-ended by another police vehicle.
The IIU didn’t release further details at the time, citing the ongoing investigation.
In Thursday’s release — in which the agency cites the fact that the matter is now before the courts as reason not to release further information — it doesn’t specifically mention the prisoner’s injuries, nor any conclusions it reached in that regard.
The IIU civilian director will issue a report once the charges are dealt with.
The BPS sent out a release on the matter, too, stating both officers remain on active duty. It also cited "before the courts" as a reason not to comment further.
» The Brandon Sun