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News Release

SIU Determines Pursuit and Apprehension of Man In London was Legally Justified

Case Number: 17-PCI-092

Mississauga, ON (25 September, 2018) ---
On April 25, 2017, police officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Perth County detachment responded to a 911 call regarding a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Mitchell. Police stopped the vehicle, but it fled after ramming two police cruisers. The driver then became involved in a motor vehicle collision in Stratford but did not remain at the scene. Once the vehicle was located, police strategically followed it. When the vehicle was eventually stopped, the driver fled on foot and was pursued by officers who were able to apprehend him. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against an OPP officer in relation to the arrest of the man. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.ontario.ca/page/special-investigations-unit-siu-directors-reports. 

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 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