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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Crash

Case Number: 09-TVI-002

TORONTO (2 July, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 42 year old Toronto man earlier this year.

On January 3, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. a TPS officer attempted to stop a reportedly stolen car in the area of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. The officer activated the emergency equipment on his police car, but the driver of the car did not stop. The officer followed the car along Dundas Street until it was held up by heavy traffic at University Avenue. The officer got out of his police car, approached the vehicle, and ordered the driver,
42 year old Richard Audit, to get out. Instead of getting out of the car Mr. Audit drove the car back and forth. A number of citizens' vehicles were struck during this process. Mr. Audit was able to emerge from the traffic and began to drive away. The officer was dragged a short distance by the car before he fell to the pavement and sustained minor injuries.

Mr. Audit drove south on University Avenue, but lost control of the car in the area of Queen Street. The car struck a concrete planter in the boulevard. Mr. Audit sustained a broken leg in the crash.

The Director of the SIU Ian Scott said, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer involved in this matter committed a criminal offence in relation to the motor vehicle accident involving Mr. Audit. The officer was attempting to apprehend Mr. Audit who was reportedly driving a stolen car. Mr. Audit did not comply with the officer's demand to leave the car and attempted to escape, ultimately crashing the vehicle into a cement planter on the University Avenue boulevard, fracturing his leg in the process." Director Scott added, "Mr. Audit chose to ignore the officer's lawful demands and injured himself in the ensuing flight. I am satisfied on reasonable grounds that the officer cannot be held criminally liable for Mr. Audit's injuries."

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