Cop linked to Taser death, involved in fatal crash
Published Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:15PM PDT
Monte Robinson is the RCMP officer who failed a breathalyzer test after being involved in a fatal collision in Tsawwassen, B.C. on Saturday night, CTV has learned.
Robinson was one of four officers who were also involved in a high profile Taser incident that led to the death of a Polish immigrant at Vancouver airport last year.
Robinson was off-duty and allegedly driving a jeep when it collided with a motorcyle driven by 21-year-old Tsawwassen resident Orion Hutchinson. Hutchinson died at the scene.
A police statement said the RCMP officer later failed a breathalyzer test.
The RCMP officer was released on a promise that he will attend Surrey Provincial Court in January 2009. He will face charges of impaired driving and causing death.
A police statement said Hutchinson was thrown from his bike when it collided with a Jeep driven by the RCMP officer at an intersection on Saturday night. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields has told reporters that the officer involved in the collision on Saturday was one of the four police officers who were involved the Taser incident that led to the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski.
Shields said the officer was a member of an integrated team that is involved in organizing security for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He is currently suspended with pay while Delta police investigate the drunk-driving allegations and the RCMP launch an internal code of conduct review.
While police investigate one of their own, friends and family are remembering a young man with an infectious smile.
"I loved every moment I had with him and only if I could tell you to love your children and hug them like there's no tomorrow, because sometimes there isn't," said his devastated father Glen Hutchinson.
With reports by CTV British Columbia's Carrie Stefanson and Peter Grainger