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News Release

Man’s Injury Not Caused by Police; SIU Terminates Bayham Township Investigation

Case Number: 18-PCI-299

Mississauga, ON (15 February, 2019) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into an interaction that occurred last year between an Ontario Provincial Police officer and a 35-year-old man in Bayham Township.

At approximately 11:00p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018, the man was driving a pickup truck with three passengers along Richmond Road in Bayham Township when he lost control of the truck and collided with a tree.  The man exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot, but was located by a responding OPP officer a short distance away. He was arrested and transported to hospital for treatment where he was diagnosed with a fracture to his left arm.   

Director Loparco said, “The evidence clearly establishes that the man’s injury was sustained prior to any interaction with police.  Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”

The SIU is an independent civilian 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