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News Release

Officer Charged in Relation to London Vehicle Injuries

Case Number: 13-OVI-245

Mississauga (20 January, 2014) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to a collision that occurred in October 2013. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

The SIU investigation determined that on Sunday, October 6, 2013, at approximately 11 a.m., an officer with the LPS was traveling southbound on Adelaide Street. At the intersection of Adelaide Street and Oxford Street, there was a collision between the officer’s cruiser and a civilian vehicle traveling eastbound on Oxford Street, causing the civilian vehicle to strike two pedestrians.

As a result of the SIU investigation, LPS Constable Leah Constance Laari is facing one charge of Dangerous Driving, contrary to s. 249(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 80 Dundas Street in London on February 27, 2014.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this 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