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News Release

SIU Investigating Incident in St. Catharines where Man Fled from Officers, Crashed Vehicle, was Arrested by K-9 Unit

Case Number: 17-OCI-338

Mississauga, ON (17 November, 2017) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit has started an investigation into an incident in St. Catharines that ended with a collision between two civilian vehicles and an arrest involving the Niagara Regional Police K-9 Unit.

Preliminary information suggests the following occurred:
  • Just before 2:30 p.m. on November 16, 2017, Niagara Regional Police officers attempted to arrest a man near Welland Avenue and Geneva Street.
  • The man fled.
  • Near the intersection of Welland Ave. and Bunting Road, the man crashed his vehicle into another vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man.  That man suffered minor injuries.
  • The man who was fleeing from police was arrested a short distance from the crash by a member of the K-9 Unit.
  • The 43-year-old man suffered a serious leg injury and was treated at hospital.   
Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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