ASIRT investigating after car crashes into Calgary community centre

Calgary police investigate after a car crashed into the Tuxedo Community Centre at 2 str. and 29ave. N.E. sending the driver to hospital in serious condition, from a witness he was fleeing police at the time, in Calgary on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Alberta’s police watchdog is investigating after a car allegedly carrying stolen goods crashed into a northeast Calgary community hall.

Calgary Police Service officers received a call of suspicious activity at a home in the community of Tuxedo Park, in the 200 block of 29th Ave. N.E. The caller reported two men were loading what was believed to be stolen property into a black convertible.

When police arrived, one suspect entered a car and sped away. Police unsuccessfully attempted to pull over the car.

Shortly afterwards, the suspect crashed into the Tuxedo Park Community Association hall, located only about a block away, causing what police described as “major structural damage.”

The suspect was brought to hospital in critical condition, where his status was later upgraded to serious but stable.

Though police did not use force in the incident, they say they brought the case to provincial officials due to the severity of injuries sustained by the suspect. Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was then directed to investigate the crash.

No one else was injured in the incident.

 Calgary police investigate after a car crashed into the Tuxedo Community Centre at 2nd St. and 29th Ave. N.E. sending the driver to hospital in serious condition, from a witness he was fleeing police at the time, in Calgary on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

“Excessive speed and disregard for the safety of others by the driver of this vehicle could have resulted in significant injury to members of the public,” said CPS Operational Support Division superintendent Ryan Ayliffe in a police release.

“The investigation into the activities leading up to the suspects leaving the scene continues by CPS and we recognize the importance of ASIRT’s role in assessing the actions of our officers.”

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