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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Arrest of Woman in Barrie Operating Vehicle Reported as Stolen

Case Number: 19-OCI-111

Mississauga, ON (3 December, 2019) ---
At about 12:40 a.m. on May 18, 2019, two Barrie Police Service officers were on patrol in a marked cruiser when they noticed a black pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen. The truck had pulled into a parking lot. The officers exited the cruiser, walked towards the vehicle and advised the 31-year-old woman driver that she was under arrest. The driver accelerated forward and struck the wall and front entrance of a church. The woman was arrested. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in relation to the fractured right hand the woman sustained.

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