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News Release

No Basis for Criminal Charges in Relation to Highway 417 Collision near Embrun

Case Number: 19-OVI-145

Mississauga, ON (6 July, 2020) ---
On the morning of June 24, 2019, a 60-year-old man was involved in a motor vehicle collision and suffered a fractured vertebra in the process. Prior to the collision, the man had been fleeing Ottawa Police Service officers who were pursuing him south on St. Guillaume Road toward Embrun. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursuit’s lead police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the circumstances surrounding the collision and the man’s injuries.  

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