Criminal Offence Not Committed When York Regional Police Officer Pursued Speeding Car
Case Number: 15-OVD-309
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- detailed collision reconstruction analysis,
- review of police radio communications,
- review of the in-camera video from the subject officer’s cruiser, and
- review of video captured by Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the area of the incident.
- Around 2:00 a.m. on December 20, 2015, the subject officer was parked in the lot of a shopping plaza at Ringwood Road and Main Street in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
- About 15 minutes later, the officer observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed west along Main Street.
- The officer drove onto Main Street and had started to follow the vehicle when it made a sharp turn north onto Highway 48.
- As the subject officer followed the vehicle and travelled north on Highway 48, he activated his emergency lights. The cruiser reached speeds of 145km/h (in a posted 80 km/h zone). Despite this, the officer was unable to catch up to the vehicle.
- As the officer passed Bloomington Road, he lost sight of the vehicle as it crested a hill. After the officer crossed the peak of hill, he spotted the vehicle and watched as it lost control, crossed two lanes of the road, rolled, and slammed into an embankment at Vandorf Sideroad.
- The subject officer and another officer, who had been alerted to the speeding vehicle and was north of the collision, searched the area and found the man, who had been ejected from the vehicle.
- Emergency Medical Services attended the scene and the man was pronounced dead.
- A post-mortem examination determined that the man died from massive head trauma. Toxicological analysis revealed a blood alcohol concentration of 228 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood—approaching three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. The driver also had cocaine and marijuana in his system.
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.
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