The Crown has withdrawn an assault charge against Jarett Layne Gelowitz, a former constable who was fired from the city’s police service over allegations of three separate on-duty assaults.The charge was dropped Wednesday after evidence was called during a preliminary hearing in Saskatoon provincial court, lawyers and court staff confirmed. No reason was provided for the decision.
Saskatoon police Const. Jarett Gelowitz was dismissed effective Aug. 24, 2018, the Saskatoon Police Service announced on Aug. 27.
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The allegation stemmed from an incident on Jan. 22, 2017 involving a chase during which a suspect suffered a “minor injury,” Saskatoon police Chief Troy Cooper said last summer.Gelowitz was placed on administrative duties in December 2017 after he was charged with common assault in connection with an incident on Dec. 19, 2016 involving a stolen vehicle and evading police arrest.Last summer, he was committed to stand trial on the assault charge. On Friday, Gelowitz re-elected from a judge and jury to a judge-alone trial, scheduled to begin May 6.The former constable is also charged with an aggravated assault from April 15, 2017 involving the arrest of two men attempting to evade police in a stolen vehicle. One man was seriously injured, Cooper said.A preliminary hearing on that charge is slated for Monday.Gelowitz, who was a police officer for 10 years, was dismissed last August after subsequent investigations resulted in the two 2017 charges being laid.