No Criminal Wrongdoing in Case where Man Drives Wrong Way on Highway 407
Case Number: 16-PVI-005
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- In the evening hours of January 8, 2016, the subject officer was parked on the right shoulder of eastbound Highway 407 to conduct speed enforcement. He was operating a fully marked Ontario Provincial Police cruiser and was using stationery radar to monitor eastbound traffic.
- At approximately 7:30 p.m., the subject officer observed a motor vehicle approaching the rear of his vehicle at a high rate of speed. He activated his speed measuring equipment, and recorded a speed of 152 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. The officer decided to initiate a traffic stop, and slowly pulled into the curb lane. The officer was driving at a speed of 70-80 km/h at the time. His intention was to let the vehicle pass him and then drive up behind the vehicle to stop it.
- The subject officer looked in his rear view mirror and saw that the vehicle had slowed down significantly. The male driver then made a U-turn and drove at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of Highway 407. The driver exited the highway by using the Highway 410 on-ramp. The officer immediately radioed the pertinent information to the communications centre, activated his emergency equipment and made a three-point turn to pursue the vehicle.
- When the officer approached the on-ramp approximately 30 seconds later, he came upon a substantial collision. The man’s vehicle had collided head-on with another motor vehicle.
- Following the collision, two men fled from the vehicle which had been traveling the wrong way. They jumped over the concrete barrier, and ran along an embankment. The officer began to chase them and saw that one of the men was carrying an infant in his arms. As the officer pursued the suspect on foot, the man carrying the infant doubled-back to the collision scene, got into the subject officer’s police cruiser and locked the doors. As the officer attempted to open the doors, the man sped off while dragging the officer for a short period of time.
- The officer noticed a seven-year-old child was wandering at the top of the embankment near the collision. He immediately tended to her and then returned to the collision scene. He found that the 37-year-old female passenger of the other vehicle had been seriously injured as a result of the collision. Paramedics arrived on scene and took the woman to hospital for treatment.
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, email@example.com
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