Bradley Boyles had worked a long day doing carpentry in Halifax and was almost home to Trenton on April 26 when he says three vehicles started leap-frogging him.
“They were passing me and slowing down and making me pass them,” Boyles recalled on Friday.
“I was just starting to get irritated with them.”
The unmarked vehicles, which he claims belong to the Pictou County integrated street crime unit, then attempted what his lawyer calls a rolling road block.
Boyles was travelling along Highway 104 and had just passed the Pleasant Valley exit when the alleged incident occurred.
Boyles claimed that a sport utility vehicle pulled in front of him while another car pulled up beside him and another stayed behind.
The car beside him put on its lights and siren.
“I looked over at him and when I looked forward, the big Chevy SUV was at a stop,” Boyles alleged. “I tried to avoid him, but he moved over to block me and then the impact happened.”
Boyle said his small Hyundai Accent crashed into the back of the large vehicle. The airbags in his car went off and his hood went flying through the air.
“I was just sitting there confused when they came back to my vehicle, opened my door, put the light on me and I heard one of them say, ‘Holy f–k, it’s not him, it’s not him,’” Boyles claimed.
The 25-year-old was taken to hospital and later released.
His car, which only had liability insurance, was totalled in the crash and he alleged that he has not been able to work since due to injuries to his neck and back.
As a result, he said he is planning on suing the RCMP and the New Glasgow Police Service, which are members of the street crime unit, for negligence, damages and lost work.
However, his lawyer, Jamie MacGillivray of New Glasgow is waiting for more details from the police on which agencies were involved before filing his statement of claim.
Boyles said he hopes the matter can be settled quickly because he has two young children. While his wife just started working, he said losing his vehicle and losing work is putting a strain on his life.
“I was working a good job that was paying me Alberta kind of money to be working home in Nova Scotia and things were just starting to go good,” said Boyles.
“If they’d just turned on their lights and pulled me over, they could have checked my ID and then I’d have been on my merry little way. I mean, where was I going to run to in that little car, it’ll barely do 120 clicks on the highway.”
A spokesperson for the street crime unit directed media inquiries to the province’s Serious Incident Response Team, which is responsible for investigating complaints against police officers.
While the team wasn’t commenting, it did confirm in a news release that it is investigating the incident.