Alberta's police watchdog is investigating after a car chase ended with a man driving a convertible into a Calgary community centre, seriously injuring himself in the process.
Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Calgary police received a call that two men were believed to be loading stolen property into a black convertible from a home in the 200 block of 29th Avenue N.E., police said.
When police arrived, one of the two men who had been loading the convertible got in the car and drove away quickly.
Police tried to initiate a traffic stop. Shortly after the officer pulled over and stopped pursuing the car, the driver crashed it into the Tuxedo Community Centre, causing major structural damage to the building.
The driver was taken to hospital in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to serious but stable.
While there was no use of force, the severity of the driver's injuries meant police notified the Alberta director of law enforcement, who directed the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team to investigate.
"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 Supt. Ryan Ayliffe, in charge of CPS's operational support division, in an emailed statement.
ASIRT's mandate is to investigate alleged police misconduct, including when officer actions may have resulted in the death or injury of a suspect.