Man found in car going into the sea had been arrested hours earlier; police watchdog investigator

BC’s police watchdog is investigating the death of a man whose car drove into the sea near Victoria Airport a few hours after he was arrested and released by the West Shore RCMP.

The independent investigation office in BC says the man, who has not been identified, was arrested around 6 p.m. 15 Saturday, according to information from the RCMP. He was released around 7 p.m., and about 20 minutes later, he was reported to have violated his terms.

The West Shore RCMP communicated with the man about the breach and he was not remanded in custody.

Shortly before 21 Saturday, the Sidney-North Saanich RCMP received a call about a vehicle driving into Saanich Inlet at the end of Mills Road and West Saanich Road in North Saanich.

The driver and the lone occupant of the car died and were later confirmed to be the same man that the West Shore RCMP had recently arrested and released.

IIO investigates to determine if police actions or inaction may have played a role in the man’s death. The independent civilian supervisory body investigates all incidents involving officers resulting in serious injury or death, whether or not there is an allegation of misconduct.

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