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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arrest of Man in St. Catharines

Case Number: 18-OCI-024

Mississauga, ON (14 January, 2019) ---
On January 31, 2018, a vehicle being operated by a 24-year-old man was involved in a collision in St. Catharines. After the driver fled the scene, the vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. The man left the vehicle and was later located and arrested by Niagara Regional Police (NRPS) officers. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any NRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by the man during his arrest.

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

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