Acting SIU Director: No Criminal Offence in Brantford Pursuit that Ended in Wrong Way Crash
Case Number: 15-OVI-264
Other News Releases Related to Case 15-OVI-264
- Just after 1:00 a.m. on November 10, 2015, a Brantford Police officer spotted a pickup truck in a rear parking lot off George Street, north of Dalhousie Street. There were four occupants in the pickup truck. Recognizing one of the occupants, the officer suspected the truck might be stolen.
- After the truck left the lot and started south on George Street, the officer pulled it over.
- The driver and the front passenger were asked to step out of the vehicle as the officer verified ownership. Two other officers – one of which is the subject officer – arrived at the scene to assist with the traffic stop.
- As police communications confirmed that the truck was stolen, one of the rear occupants climbed over the seats, started the engine, and sped south down George Street, quickly making a left turn and driving east – in the wrong direction – on Dalhousie Street.
- The subject officer and the second officer started to pursue the vehicle, before deactivating their lights and turning south on Clarence Street.
- The pickup truck continued driving the wrong way on Dalhousie Street, attempted to negotiate the curve in the road at Colborne Street East, and slammed into a minivan. The 35-year-old female driver of the minivan was later taken to Brantford General Hospital and treated for a fractured pelvis.
- After the collision, the driver of the stolen pickup unsuccessfully attempted to commandeer other vehicles in the area, assaulting their occupants when they resisted.
- The man was arrested in a field north of the collision site.
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.
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342