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News Release

SIU Lays Charges against Officer in Relation to Dawn-Euphemia ATV Collision

Case Number: 16-PVI-183

Mississauga, ON (3 February, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has caused charges to be laid against an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer in relation to a June 2016 incident in Dawn-Euphemia, located north of Chatham-Kent. At the time of the incident, the officer was working at the Lambton County Petrolia Detachment.

The SIU investigation found the following: 
  • In the evening hours of June 22, 2016, a 24-year-old man was operating an all-terrain vehicle.
  • Sometime later, the man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and sustained serious injuries.

As a result of the SIU investigation, OPP Constable Sean Coughlan is now facing the following charges under the Criminal Code:
  • One count of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, contrary to section 221;
  • One count of obstruct peace officer, contrary to section 129(a);
  • Two counts of perjury, contrary to section 131(1); and
  • Two counts of obstruct justice, contrary to section 139(2).  

Constable Coughlan was arrested today by members of the SIU and subsequently released on an undertaking given to a peace officer.

The officer is required to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 700 North Christie Street in Sarnia on February 28, 2017. 

The matter is now properly before the courts. In consideration of the fair trial interests of the accused, the SIU will make no further comment.  

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