SIU Concludes Investigation into Carleton Place Collision
Case Number: 09-PVI-177
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The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding the occurrence.
The SIU investigation determined that an OPP officer saw a vehicle leave a motel parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer activated his emergency equipment, but the vehicle did not stop. The officer pursued the vehicle on Highway 7. The driver of the vehicle, 42-year-old Kelly James Hodges of Ottawa, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a westbound SUV. Mr. Hodges suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus. The driver of the westbound vehicle was taken to Carleton Place Hospital where he was treated and released.
Director Scott said, "The subject officer had the lawful authority to enter into the pursuit pursuant to s. 3 of the 'Suspect Apprehension Pursuit' regulation to the Police Services Act. He chose to call off the pursuit shortly before Mr. Hodges lost control of his vehicle. There was no suggestion of intentional contact between the two vehicles. In my view, the subject officer acted lawfully during this pursuit and did not exhibit dangerous driving."
Mr. Scott concluded, "In these circumstances, the subject office cannot be held criminally liable for the injuries suffered by Mr. Hodges."
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.