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Preliminary hearing for police constable underway

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled to continue until Thursday in Duncan Provincial Court to determine if there's enough evidence to send RCMP Const. Blake John Cross to trial.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP constable is charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm following a collision with a Cowichan woman's car in June 2012. The woman was left with long-term injuries in the crash.

Cross is being represented by Ravi Hira, the same counsel who has been defending Const. David Pompeo in his aggravated assault proceedings against Chemainus shooting victim Bill Gillespie.

Kathleen Murphy of Vancouver is appearing for the Crown in the case.

Cross was traveling south on the Trans Canada Highway near the Old Farm Market to answer a domestic dispute when his marked car was in collision with the woman's car turning left in the northbound lane off the highway and onto Miller Road.

Saanich police conducted an investigation into the crash and submitted its report to the Crown in November 2012.

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