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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Chatham

Case Number: 09-PVI-111

Mississauga (22 June, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Chatham-Kent Detachment committed a criminal offence in connection with the injuries sustained by a 15 year old boy who collided with an OPP cruiser on May 17, 2009.

Three investigators from the SIU probed the circumstances of this occurrence.

Director Scott said, “A marked OPP cruiser was southbound on Michener Road. Unfortunately there was a collision between it and a cyclist. The cyclist was injured and received treatment at hospital. Three independent witnesses said the cyclist caused the accident by riding into the path of the OPP cruiser. Accordingly, there is no evidence to support an assertion of bad driving by the OPP officer and no criminality may attach to his involvement in this accident.”

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