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News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Arrest of Man in Oshawa

Case Number: 18-OCI-373

Mississauga, ON (20 April, 2020) ---
In the early morning hours of December 23, 2018, a Durham Regional Police Service officer was on patrol in his cruiser taking part in the service’s RIDE program. After observing a 23-year-old man leave a bar and enter a vehicle, the officer followed the vehicle. When the vehicle came to a stop, the man was asked to take a roadside breath test. After learning that the test registered an “ALERT”, the man fled on foot into a forested area. Shortly thereafter, officers located the man and arrested him. Later that day, the man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured finger. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined that whether the man’s injury occurred while he and the officer were physically engaged, or he was alone running to get away, the officer’s conduct was legally justified throughout and there are therefore no grounds for proceeding with charges in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 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