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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in Bracebridge as Injuries Sustained Prior to Contact with Police

Case Number: 18-PCI-191

Mississauga, ON (14 August, 2018) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 43-year-old man in Bracebridge in May of this year.  

On May 26, 2018, the man was driving a stolen vehicle which was involved in a collision on Highway 11 in the area of the Bracebridge exit.  The man fled the scene and into a nearby wooded area. As he made his way through the woods, he fell from a cliff and sustained an injury to his right ankle.  Sometime later, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police Bracebridge Detachment located and subsequently arrested the man. He was taken to hospital for examination.  

Acting Director Martino said, “The evidence establishes that the man sustained a serious injury to his ankle as a result of his fall from the cliff, prior to any contact with the police, and no serious injuries in the course of his subsequent arrest by the police officers. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident as the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue under the terms of its statutory mandate.”

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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Jasbir Dhillon, jasbir.dhillon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342