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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Saugeen First Nation Incident

Case Number: 15-PCI-017

Mississauga (4 February, 2015) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) review of an interaction last month between a 25-year-old man and police in Saugeen First Nation, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation. The incident, which involved officers with the Ontario Provincial Police, occurred on January 25, 2015.
The SIU review determined that in the afternoon hours, the 25-year-old man was driving along Highway 21. At some point, a police cruiser pulled the vehicle over. The officer approached the driver’s window and informed the man that there was a bench warrant for him. The man dismissed the officer and drove off westbound. A short time later, officers located the man on Hwy 21 near French Bay Road and eventually he was stopped. The man was removed from the vehicle by the officers and a struggle ensued. At his request, the man was taken to hospital. He was examined by a doctor and released from hospital without any treatment.

The SIU’s statutory jurisdiction is limited to the investigation of serious injuries or deaths in cases involving the police. Due to the fact that medical reports revealed that there was no evidence of serious injury in this case, 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. 

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