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News Release

SIU Investigates Pursuit in Ottawa

Case Number: 08-OVI-111

Mississauga (20 June, 2008) --- Shortly after 2:30 a.m. this date, officers of the Ottawa Police Service attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle at Heron Road and Baycrest Street. The vehicle went out of control about half a kilometre away on Altavista Drive where it struck a marked cruiser; a second police vehicle, a K-9 Unit, was not damaged. The officer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries. A 21-year-old man was treated for a broken wrist, cuts and bruises and released into the custody of the Ottawa Police. Criminal charges in connection with the stolen vehicle investigation being conducted by the Ottawa Police are pending.

The SIU has assigned five investigators, including two forensic experts, to probe the sequence of events leading up to the collision between the police cruiser and the suspect vehicle. A total of five Ottawa Police officers have been designated by the SIU - two as subject officers and three as witness officers - to be interviewed as part of its overall investigation.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529.

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