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News Release

SIU Finds Vehicle Pursuit of Man - and Subsequent Apprehension Using Police Dog – to be Lawful; No Charges to Issue in St. Catharines

Case Number: 17-OCI-338

Mississauga, ON (4 January, 2019) ---
On November 16, 2017, the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was investigating a man for a series of robberies in the St. Catharines area. Following an attempted traffic stop and then a police pursuit, the man’s vehicle collided with another vehicle. The man continued to drive, but when his vehicle finally broke down, the man exited and attempted to flee on foot. With the use of a police service dog, the man was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a NRPS officer in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php.

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