Can a police officer engage in a police pursuit when he has the opportunity to follow a stolen vehicle using an unmarked car?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Burbank et al. v. Bolton et al., 2005 BCSC 1506 (CanLII):

In Radke v. M.S., 2005 BCSC 1355, Bennett J. found the police officer acted negligently because he engaged in a pursuit when he had the opportunity to disable a stolen vehicle, contain it by setting up a perimeter or follow it using an unmarked car. The police pursuit policy included a provision that “pursuit may only be initiated and continued when other alternatives are not available.”

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