Judge finds police officer guilty of lying about Surrey crash

Only one vehicle was involved in accident, despite James Baker's testimony another car hit his.

James Steven Baker was convicted in Abbotsford Provincial Court of lying to the Insurance Corporation of B.C. about a Surrey crash.

A driver who crashed his pickup truck in Cloverdale two years ago has been found guilty of lying to ICBC about the incident.

Abbotsford’s James Steven Baker, an RCMP constable in Surrey at the time of the crash, was charged with providing false or misleading information in relation to an accident claim with the insurer in December 2013.

According to an Abbotsford Provincial Court judgement on Tuesday (Oct. 27), Baker was driving his black Dodge Ram pickup on 64 Avenue at about 5:35 a.m. Dec. 10 when the incident occurred. While Baker claimed he was struck by another vehicle before he fishtailed into a ditch, the Crown argued the crash involved only his truck and resulted from Baker driving too fast for the winter road conditions.

Judge Kenneth Skilnick acknowledged there was one piece of evidence that “somewhat” corroborated Baker’s version: a video recording from the intersection of 64 Avenue and 168 Street showed a dark sedan following his vehicle through the intersection

However, the judge pointed to three other pieces of evidence that contradicted Baker’s story.

First, the driver of a City of Surrey salt truck witnessed the collision and was adamant there was no other vehicle involved. The city worker testified Baker’s truck passed him on a median on the left and lost control when he tried to merge back into the right lane.

Second, there was no damage to the left side of Bakers’s vehicle and the damage that did exist wasn’t consistent with being struck by a car cutting across its path from the left side, as the accused had suggested.

“Troubling,” said Skilnick, was that Baker failed to mention passing the city salt truck to an ICBC adjuster, despite testifying in court his truck slid behind and in front of the city vehicle after being hit by another car.

“…when the Accused gave the information that he gave to the ICBC adjuster, he knew that material portions of the statement were false,” said Skilnick in convicting Baker. “Specifically, he knew that there was no second vehicle which struck him and which was the cause of his accident.”

Baker’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

 

Just Posted

Man ‘seriously’ injured in crash after driving wrong way on Highway 17: Surrey RCMP

Police say the sedan hit a transport truck, then another car

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

Update: Surrey Mounties found missing man

Kuldip Sandhu, 41, had been reported missing

IHIT hunting in Edmonton for clues to 2017 Surrey homicide

Tanner Krupa, 19 was found dead in an alley in August 2017, in the 6900-block of 127A Street

Surrey youth ‘REWIRE’ in play-creating project that involves a lunar eclipse and video games

‘It was such a fun process to create a play from scratch,’ says Guildford Park Secondary student

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Rare ‘Snow Tower’ tree blooming in Vancouver city park

A plant rarely grown in Canada is now flowering at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Most Read

l -->