No charges against police following pursuit in Cape Breton

The province's Serious Incident Response Team says there are no grounds for charges against a police officer following a pursuit in Cape Breton.

In a report released Friday, SiRT said Cape Breton Regional Police received 911 calls about a vehicle being driven erratically in the parking lot at the Cape Breton County Recreation Centre around 9:30 p.m. on June 11, 2016.

SiRT says the driver, who appeared to be drunk, stopped and tried to pick a fight with several youths.

Officers could not find the vehicle at first, but did so when it returned to the parking lot about 15 minutes later.

SiRT said the car sped off, reaching speeds of 140 kilometres per hour, and the officer pursued it for about 45 seconds before ending the chase.

Investigators said the vehicle left the road moments later, sending the driver to hospital in Halifax, and the two passengers to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

SiRT said the crash was caused by the driver failing to stop for police and driving at an excessive speed, and there are no grounds to consider charges against the officer.