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News Release

No Charges Warranted in Relation to Police Pursuit that Preceded Oshawa Collision

Case Number: 19-OVI-295

Mississauga, ON (31 July, 2020) ---
In the morning of December 5, 2019, a Durham Regional Police Service officer was in the area of Simcoe Street South and Olive Avenue in Oshawa when he observed a reportedly stolen Lexus sedan. When the driver attempted to elude apprehension, the officer pursued the Lexus. A short time later, the Lexus broadsided a minivan at the Celina Street and Bruce Street intersection. As a result of the collision, the 63-year-old minivan driver suffered multiple rib fractures and dislocations and a collapsed lung. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

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