By Matt Thorsdarson
APTN National News
WINNIPEG-A city high school football sweater has become a key piece of a Winnipeg police investigation into allegations two police officers took a First Nations man on a starlight tour to the edge of the city.
Investigators have traced the sweater to a St. John’s high school football player whose number and name are embroidered on the sleeve.
Evan Maud, 20, said the police officers gave him the sweater before dropping him off on the edge of the city and telling him to run or he would be Tasered.
The sweater’s owner Bobbie Driskell said a friend contacted him last week over Facebook saying police were looking to chat with him. Driskell said he called police who told him his sweater was used in an alleged crime.
“I was kind of worried about what they were looking for, so I gave them a shout and they said that someone had done a crime with my sweater on,” said Driskell. “They had a video of my name and my number from St. John’s on it.”
Driskell, a linebacker who wore number 56, said he lost track of the sweater.
“I left it at my mom’s house and I think I seen my friend at the time, I think I seen him wear it once and that was the last time I seen it,” said Driskell, in an interview with APTN National News.
Driskell said he doesn’t know Maud or have any idea how it became a key piece of evidence in a police investigation.
“I have no idea actually. Maybe they went to my mom’s house and got it from there, I have no idea,” said Driskell. “I would like to have it back actually, if I could get it.”
Police have launched an investigation into Maud’s claim that he was picked up by two officers in a black, unmarked police car and taken on a starlight tour to the edge of the city.
Maud gave a statement to police about the incident on Saturday.
A starlight tour is a potentially deadly practice were police take people they believe to be drunk and drop them off on the outskirts of a city to walk back home.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.