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News Release

SIU Investigates Motor Vehicle Collision Involving Niagara Regional Police

Case Number: 08-OVI-273

TORONTO (29 December, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into the circumstances surrounding a collision involving the Niagara Regional Police in Welland.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Sunday December 28, 2008, an officer with the Niagara Regional Police Service attempted to stop a pick-up truck on Niagara Street North. The vehicle, which had been reported stolen, did not stop for investigation. A short distance away, the driver lost control and crashed into a Pizza Hut in a strip mall at 841 Niagara Street.

There were three occupants in the vehicle: the 18-year-old male driver, who was arrested after a foot chase, was not injured and is under investigation by the Niagara Regional Police; an 18-year-old male has been treated for a broken arm; and, a 17-year-old female has been treated and released from hospital.

The SIU is conducting its investigation into the actions of police in this case, while the Niagara Regional Police Service is carrying out a parallel investigation into the reported vehicle theft.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529, extension 1867.

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