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News Release

No Basis to Charge Police Officer in Relation to Stratford Collision

Case Number: 18-OVI-023

Mississauga, ON (1 February, 2019) ---
During the early hours of January 31, 2018, a Stratford Police Service officer observed a vehicle driving without working taillights.  When the officer activated his emergency lighting to perform a vehicle stop, the vehicle instead accelerated and fled. The vehicle driver failed to negotiate a turn, mounted the sidewalk, and struck a tree.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to injuries sustained by two of the passengers in the vehicle.

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