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.”

Other Questions


In a motor vehicle accident involving a stolen vehicle, can the driver of the stolen vehicle be held liable for damages? (British Columbia, Canada)
Is a motorist entitled to be questioned by a police officer on a matter unrelated to the operation of his vehicle on a motor vehicle? (British Columbia, Canada)
Does the fact that a police officer uses a flashlight to pierce the darkness of the night to search a vehicle is sufficient to constitute a search? (British Columbia, Canada)
What is the test for following a motor vehicle following a collision involving two other vehicles? (British Columbia, Canada)
Is it possible for a retired police officer to return to the police force where he worked as a community support officer because of his back pain? (British Columbia, Canada)
Is a vehicle that is insured for farm use and pleasure use more than twice as much as the vehicle insured for the purpose of transporting the insured to and from work? (British Columbia, Canada)
Does the fact that a police officer uses a flashlight to pierce the darkness of the night to obtain a search warrant constitute a search? (British Columbia, Canada)
Can a court review a decision by a police officer under section 90.3 of the Criminal Code when the officer applied the wrong test? (British Columbia, Canada)
What is the legal test for using the word "superintendent of Motor Vehicles" in a motor vehicle application? (British Columbia, Canada)
How have the courts treated statements made by a motorist upon being questioned by a police officer on matters unrelated to the operation of the vehicle? (British Columbia, Canada)
X



Whitelogo nobg 300dpi sm


"The most advanced legal research software ever built."


Trusted by top litigators from across North America.