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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Middlesex Area

Case Number: 09-OVD-041

Mississauga (16 April, 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 committed a criminal offence in relation to the February 26, 2009 death of a Mount Brydges man in Oneida First Nations Territory.

The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators, to probe the circumstances of this occurrence.

The SIU investigation determined that at 12:30 a.m. February 26, 2009 an OPP officer was on patrol on Bodkin Road. A car going in the opposite direction passed the officer at a high rate of speed. The officer turned around to investigate the vehicle. The car was located a short distance later. It had struck a pile of gravel. The driver, 19-year old Vincent Cane Barned, sustained fatal injuries. The officer was never engaged in a pursuit of Mr. Barned’s vehicle

Director Scott said, “Mr. Vincent Barned was observed driving a car at a high rate of speed northbound on Bodkin Rd. in Middlesex County in the early morning hours of February 26, 2009. The subject officer turned his cruiser around to investigate. In the meantime, Mr. Barned turned onto Oneida Rd. The subject officer continued along Oneida Rd, and saw a cloud of gravel dust near a bend in the road. Shortly thereafter the subject officer came across Mr. Barned’s extensively damaged car with the front end against a pile of gravel. Mr. Barned was unconscious and pinned in the front seat. Mr. Barned was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Director Scott added, “It does not appear that the subject officer was engaged in a pursuit of Mr. Barned’s motor vehicle at the time it left the roadway and crashed into a pile of gravel. Accordingly, there is no relationship between the unfortunate death of Mr. Barned and the actions of the subject officer, and no criminal liability can attach to the subject officer’s actions.”

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