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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Erin Vehicle Injury

Case Number: 14-PVI-146

Mississauga (11 July, 2014) ---
Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the vehicle injury of a 43-year-old man in Erin earlier this month, SIU Acting Director Joseph Martino has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Wellington County Detachment, occurred on July 4, 2014.  

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, the OPP officer was conducting speed checks on Wellington County Road 124 when he observed a Chevrolet Avalanche travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The officer made a U-turn to stop the vehicle. The vehicle did not stop and a short time later collided with a tree. The man was taken to Guelph General Hospital for a possible fracture to his nose. 
 
Medical reports revealed that there was no evidence of a fracture or other serious injury. Given the Unit’s mandate, which is limited to serious injuries and deaths that may have resulted from criminal offences committed by police officers, there is nothing further to investigate.  Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated. 

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. 

Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342