Agency probes situation concerning impaired driving suspect’s injuries at Bridgewater’s police station

by Keith Corcoran

The province's independent police oversight agency is looking into circumstances of injuries sustained by an impaired driving suspect who got into an apparent dust-up with two officers while in an interview room at the Bridgewater Police Service.

The Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) was contacted by the Bridgewater Police Service after it was confirmed a 47 year old man, after attending a hospital, broke his ribs and collar bone. That confirmation came four days after the alleged incident.

Law enforcement arrested the man June 23 for impaired driving and placed him in an interview room, SIRT said in a statement released July 12. "While in the interview room awaiting processing, the male exhibited signs of aggression and an altercation occurred between the man and two officers," the SIRT release said.

The suspect was taken to RCMP cells in Cookville and stated "he felt like he had a broken rib and collar bone." Paramedics were subsequently notified but couldn't assess the patient because he "would not cooperate," SIRT said, which was a similar refrain once he was at hospital where he "would not cooperate with medical staff" for further assessment."

The man was released from police custody June 23. He went back to the hospital June 27.

SIRT probes all significant matters involving police in Nova Scotia, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.

Meanwhile, the Bridgewater Police Service charged Vance Coady Robar, 47, of Digby with impaired driving, assaulting a peace officer, and breaching a recognizance. Robar is scheduled to be arraigned July 17.

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