The province's independent Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) laid a charge today, Oct. 24, of careless and imprudent driving under the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act against Cst. Donald Wadden, a 29 year-old member of the New Glasgow Police Service.
The charge relates to an incident on April 26 when a Pictou County man suffered injuries in a collision with a police vehicle.
Boyles, a carpentry contractor in Halifax, was on his way home at about 9:30 p.m. eastbound on Highway 104. He said somewhere after Truro three vehicles began pulling beside him, behind him, and in front of him.
As he neared the Pleasant Valley exit, he stated in a release from his lawyer, one of the cars pulled immediately in front of him, the second directly beside him, and the third pulled up very close behind him. In practically the same instance, the car beside him sounded a siren while the vehicle in front slammed on its brakes.
Boyles states he could not stop quickly enough and veered left to try to squeeze between the vehicle beside him and the car in front of him and hopefully avoid a collision. As Boyles veered left the unmarked police cruiser in front of him moved left at the same time seemingly to block his path of travel.
Boyles‚Äô car then slammed into the rear end of the unmarked police car. Boyles‚Äô car was written off with the front end crushed.
He said as he sat in the car trying to determine where he was hurt, a flashlight shone on him as one of the police officers exclaimed ‚ÄúF*** we have the wrong person.‚ÄĚCst. Wadden‚Äôs first court appearance is scheduled for November 18, 2013 in Provincial Court in Pictou.
The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald, who is also solely responsible for decisions regarding the laying of charges.
The team can independently launch, or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.
The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.