Alberta police watchdog investigating woman's injuries during encounter with Edmonton police

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The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating to determine the cause of a 29-year-old woman’s injuries following a police chase and traffic collision early Monday morning.

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At about 3:41 a.m., an Edmonton police officer driving a marked vehicle attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Chevrolet truck being driven by a suspected impaired driver near 103A Avenue and Jasper Avenue, a Friday news release from ASIRT said.

The truck failed to stop for police and a pursuit began westbound on Jasper Avenue and ending at 124 Street and Jasper Avenue when the truck attempted a turn and struck a pole, disabling the vehicle and triggering the truck’s airbags.

After the collision, the driver of the truck, a 29-year-old woman, attempted to flee the scene on foot, ASIRT said. The police vehicle arrived at the location after the collision, and one officer pursued the driver of the truck on foot.

While attempting to arrest the woman and take her into custody, the officer deployed a conducted energy weapon, or Taser.

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Two more police officers came to the scene, one dealing with two uninjured female passengers in the truck, while another assisted with the driver’s arrest.

Once the woman was taken into custody, she became unresponsive, and emergency medical services took her to the hospital, where she received treatment for facial injuries. She has since left the hospital.

ASIRT said the investigation underway will also examine actions taken by police, but no further information will be released at this time.

Edmonton police will handle the investigation into the woman’s actions before and including the collision.

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