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News Release

Man’s Fractured Neck a Result of Vehicle Collision; SIU Terminates Investigation into London Arrest

Case Number: 19-OCI-154

Mississauga, ON (10 July, 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 37-year-old man last month in London.

In the afternoon of June 27, 2019, the man was involved in a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Pack and Bostwick Roads in London.  He walked away from the collision scene and was soon arrested by a London Police Service officer for impaired operation of a vehicle. When the man did not feel well at the police station, he was transported to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae in his neck.
Interim Director Martino said, “As it is apparent based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries that the man’s fractured neck was the result of the motor vehicle collision, and not the arrest or anything that occurred during his period in custody, there is patently nothing to investigate as far the potential criminal liability of any police officer is concerned.  Accordingly, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”

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