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Court Fines New Westminster Police Officer on Reckless Driving Charge

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Feb 19, 2014

On August 13, 2013, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Constable Graham Bosa was responding to a police call near Cumberland and Harvey in New Westminster, when his police cruiser collided into a van. Bosa, who had not yet turned on his lights or sirens, failed to yield to the driver of the van as he attempted to turn left onto Cumberland—causing the two vehicles to crash into one another.

The van’s driver, a 67-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Bosa was also transported to the hospital as a precaution, but he was not seriously injured.

On Monday, February 3, 2014, after several months of investigation, Bosa pleaded guilty to the Independent Investigation Office’s findings and the Criminal Justice Branch’s charge of driving without due care and attention. Because of his plea and the minor injuries inflicted on the victim, the court decided to fine Bosa for the infraction.

  • Charge - Reckless driving and endangerment
  • Plea - Guilty
  • Consequence - $500 fine and a $75 injured victim surcharge

He was given a deadline of March 8, 2014, to pay the fine and the additional victim surcharge.

When asked whether the Vancouver Police Department had taken disciplinary action against Bosa for failing to turn on his sirens when responding to an on-duty call, New Westminster police spokesperson Sgt. Diana McDaniel said he would be the subject of an upcoming Police Act Investigation.

We are happy that there were no serious injuries in this accident. Please use this as a reminder to yield the right way to other drivers—especially at intersections.

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