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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Injuries Sustained by Man in Huron County

Case Number: 17-PVI-291

Mississauga, ON (17 April, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the October 2017 arrest of a 33-year-old man by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers from the Goderich Municipal detachment.

On October 6, 2017, police were investigating a man who was wanted on several outstanding warrants. At approximately 6:15 p.m., the man – who was operating a stolen vehicle – attempted to elude a roadblock in Howick Township by ramming two OPP vehicles. As a result, the man inadvertently entered into a ditch and his vehicle became disabled. He was arrested by OPP officers and taken to hospital. Peripheral information suggested the man sustained a fractured finger.

Despite attempts by SIU investigators to speak with the man, he refused to speak with investigators and would not consent to the release of his medical records. 
  
Director Loparco said, “The SIU’s investigation could not determine the timing or source of the man’s injury. There was no evidence of a criminal offence committed by the police. As such, this investigation has been terminated.”

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