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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Crash

Case Number: 09-TVI-190

Mississauga (19 August, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries suffered by a 25 year old man in a car crash in July.

The SIU assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this occurrence.

The SIU investigation determined that at 3:50 a.m. on July 25, 2009 a TPS officer saw a car travelling at a high rate of speed along O'Connor Drive. The officer activated the emergency equipment on her police vehicle in an attempt to stop the car. Instead of stopping, the car fled along Victoria Park Avenue. The officer deactivated the emergency equipment on her police vehicle. A short time later the fleeing car struck a traffic signal pole at the intersection of Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious injuries.

Director Scott stated, "The subject officer had the lawful authority to stop the vehicle pursuant to s. 216 of the Highway Traffic Act and enter into a pursuit pursuant to s. 3(1)(b) of the Suspect Apprehension Pursuit regulation to the Police Services Act once the vehicle failed to stop. The officer had discontinued the pursuit before the collision. There is no suggestion of physical contact between the pursued vehicle and the police vehicle." Director Scott concluded, "The subject officer complied fully with the regulation and no criminal liability may attach to her conduct."

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. 

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