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News Release

Man Fleeing Police in Clarington Ran onto Highway and was Fatally Struck by a Vehicle; No Charges Issued

Case Number: 17-OVD-015

Mississauga, ON (1 March, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a Durham Regional Police Service officer in relation to the death of a 35-year-old man in January of 2017. The man had been a passenger in a vehicle that was being investigated in relation to a theft. Police pulled the vehicle over on Highway 35/115, and while the driver was being arrested, the passenger exited the vehicle and fled. The man ran onto the highway and was struck by a pick-up truck.
Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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