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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officer in Relation to Oshawa Collision Following Pursuit

Case Number: 18-OVI-025

Mississauga, ON (23 January, 2019) ---
On February 1, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers stopped a vehicle in an Oshawa parking lot after observing what they believed to be a drug transaction.  The officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver to produce his driver’s licence. Suddenly, the driver accelerated and sped out of the parking lot. A pursuit was initiated. Shortly after, the vehicle of interest left the roadway, crossed a ditch, and collided with a hydro pole, shearing it in half, before the vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by one of the vehicle occupants.

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