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News Release

Man Clinging to Truck Sustained Injury When He Fell Off; SIU Terminates Pickering Investigation

Case Number: 19-TCI-012

Mississauga, ON (11 February, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into an interaction that occurred last month between Toronto Police Service officers and a 31-year-old man in Pickering.

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, several plainclothes Toronto Police Service officers attended a Pickering residence to apprehend a man connected to an investigation they were conducting. While officers attempted to arrest him, the man broke free and fled from the residence. He grabbed onto the passenger side of a pickup truck, and let go while it was in motion. The man fell under the truck and one of the truck’s wheels drove over the man’s leg. The man then jumped inside a taxi and travelled to the Pickering GO station where he was subsequently arrested by officers. The man was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured right tibia.   

Director Loparco said, “The man’s injury resulted from his decision to escape from the police by clinging to the side of a pickup truck and falling off that truck, resulting in the truck running over the man’s leg. It had nothing to do with the actions of the police. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

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