News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Pickup Truck Driver in Brampton Who Collided with Multiple Cruisers

Case Number: 19-OCI-294

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Mississauga, ON (15 June, 2020) ---
In the early morning hours of December 4, 2019, Peel Regional Police officers were dispatched to investigate a suspicious pickup truck in Brampton. Two cruisers surrounded the parked pickup truck, but the 38-year-old driver struck the cruisers and managed to get away. Officers pursued the vehicle. Two officers deployed stop-sticks across the road, resulting in the tires of the pickup truck deflating. The vehicle was forced to a stop in the area of Advance Boulevard and Dixie Road, but not before the driver struck another cruiser. The driver exited the vehicle, and after a struggle, he was arrested. He was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured nose. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined all the involved officers acted lawfully throughout their dealings with the man. Accordingly, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342