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Grande Prairie RCMP member charged in crash involving cruiser, cyclist

A member of the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment is facing a charge of dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm following an investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team stemming from an incident in April 2021.

According to ASIRT, at around 3:30 a.m. on April 24, 2021, police in the city were conducting an investigation near 100 Street and 110 Avenue, a collision between a marked RCMP vehicle and a cyclist took place at 107 Avenue and 98 Street as the officer was travelling to the call. Police were able to provide medical assistance until EMS arrived, but the 28-year-old on the bike was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Following a review of the investigation and having been advised that the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service was of the opinion that the evidence met their standard for prosecution, ASIRT determined that charges should be laid.

Grande Prairie RCMP Constable Damien Lessard-Jomphe, who has five years of service, is now facing a single charge of dangerous operation of a conveyance causing bodily harm. He is scheduled for a first appearance at the Grande Prairie Provincial Court on November 30th. Cst. Lessard-Jomphe remains on active duty until the conclusion of court proceedings.

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