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News Release

SIU Concludes Collision Investigation in Welland

Case Number: 08-OVI-273

TORONTO (13 February, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries suffered by an 18-year-old man a collision in Welland on December 28, 2008.

Three investigators along with two forensic investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances of the collision.

At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2008, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer attempted to stop a pick-up truck on Niagara Street North in Welland. The vehicle, which had been earlier reported stolen, did not stop. A short pursuit ensued. The driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the wall of the Pizza Hut Restaurant on Niagara Street.

The driver of the truck fled the scene of the collision, but was apprehended by NRPS officers nearby. An 18-year-old male passenger was taken to hospital and treated for a broken arm. A 17-year-old female passenger was treated at hospital and released.

Director Scott said, "The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. In attempting to elude the police the driver of the pick up truck began a left hand turn, lost control of his vehicle, and collided with a brick wall. As a result of the collision, the 18-year-old male sustained a broken arm."

Director Scott added, "The officer had the legal authority to stop the vehicle. The pursuit engaged in by the officer could not be considered dangerous, as defined by the Criminal Code, given the time of day it took place (5:30 a.m. and accordingly very few pedestrians or other drivers) and its short duration. The injury to the 18-year-old passenger was caused by the truck's driver driving in a dangerous manner, leading to his losing control of his vehicle."

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