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Nanaimo Mountie under investigation

Allegations by a 54-year-old Nanaimo man have sparked an investigation of an RCMP member involved in his arrest.

The complaint stems from Dec. 5, 2009, when the man was arrested by Nanaimo RCMP during an impaired driving investigation.

The complaint was filed with the Commission for Public Complaints against the RCMP this past November – 23 months after the original incident – alleging the man was injured by an arresting officer.

The original impaired driving investigation report was submitted to Crown counsel, which did not approve charges recommended by police.

Cpl. Darren Lagan, Island district RCMP spokesman, said in a press release Thursday that the RCMP has asked the Central Saanich Police Service to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations.

The identity of the man who filed the complaint and the nature of his alleged injuries were not released.

Central Saanich Police Service was not available for comment prior to press time Friday.

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