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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Newcastle Collision

Case Number: 09-OVI-125

Mississauga (20 July, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded its investigation into the injuries sustained by a Clarington youth in June of this year.

The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of the collision. SIU investigators designated one officer as a subject officer and five officers as witness officers.

The SIU investigation determined that on June 1, 2009, a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer attempted to stop a van to investigate the male driver. The 15 year old driver did not stop and a pursuit ensued. The youth lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree. He sustained a non-life threatening head injury.

Director Scott said, "The DRPS officer had the lawful authority to require the van to stop pursuant to s. 216 of the Highway Traffic Act. The driver lost control of the vehicle after he accelerated away from the police and was involved in a personal injury accident. In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence."

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342