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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Vehicle Injury in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 13-OVI-048

Mississauga (25 February, 2013) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injury sustained by a 37-year-old man in Niagara Falls earlier this month, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving officers with the Niagara Regional Police Service, occurred on Friday, February 15, 2013. 

Three investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist from the SIU were assigned to probe the case. The SIU investigation determined that in the evening hours, the subject officer was driving a marked cruiser eastbound on the Niagara River Parkway when a Dodge sedan passed him going in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed. The officer flicked his roof lights on and off to warn the man to slow down, and then turned his cruiser around to follow the car. A short distance away, the officer found that the civilian vehicle had failed to negotiate a curve and had left the roadway. At no point was the man aware that he was being followed by the police. He was taken to the Greater Niagara General Hospital and found to have sustained a fractured right orbital bone.

As the police officer had nothing to do with the reason for the man’s injuries, the SIU has terminated its investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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