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News Release

Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Peterborough Pursuit

Case Number: 18-OVI-008

Mississauga, ON (9 January, 2019) ---
On the morning of January 13, 2018, a Peterborough Police Service (PPS) officer observed an individual execute a u-turn and travel in the wrong direction on a one-way street. The officer pursued this vehicle with his emergency lights and sirens activated, but the driver did not stop. Other officers joined the pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle being pursued ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a PPS officer in relation to the serious injuries sustained by the 55-year-old driver of the vehicle that was struck.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342