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News Release

SIU Concludes London Investigation

Case Number: 09-OVI-123

Mississauga (17 July, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a London Police Service (LPS) officer committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries suffered by a London man in a collision with a LPS police vehicle in the early morning hours of May 29, 2009.

Four investigators and three forensic investigators from the SIU probed the circumstances of the incident.

The SIU investigation determined that at 1:42 a.m. on May 29, 2009 three officers from the LPS were conducting an investigation on Blackfriars Street near Argyle Street. Another officer was at the scene and seated in his stopped LPS SUV. A vehicle traveling westbound drove into the front of the LPS vehicle. The officer in the police vehicle and 27 year old Jason Pearce were taken to Victoria Hospital in London for treatment.

Director Scott said, "By all accounts, Mr. Pearce drove at a high rate of speed directly into the stationary LPS SUV that was parked in the eastbound lane of Blackfriars St. on a slight angle in front of another LPS cruiser. The officer was in the driver's seat of the SUV at the time of the collision. As a result of the collision, Mr. Pearce sustained two fractures. The only reasonable conclusion based upon the investigation is that Mr. Pearce drove his vehicle into the stationary police vehicle while impaired, causing serious injuries to both himself and the subject officer. The subject officer was a mere passive bystander." Director Scott concluded, "The subject officer cannot be held criminally liable for the injuries suffered by Mr. Pearce."

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