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News Release

SIU Investigation and Appeal for Witnesses in Elgin County

Case Number: 09-PVI-030

TORONTO (11 February, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the serious injuries suffered by three people in a collision involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) near Chatham on February 10, 2009.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. on February 10, 2009 an OPP officer was following a vehicle with four occupants that had been reported to be driving erratically westbound on Highway 401 near Dutton. The vehicle eventually exited the highway onto Orford Road, followed by the OPP cruiser.

The vehicle left the roadway from Orford Road and rolled into a ditch at the T-intersection at Selton Line. One female and two male occupants of the vehicle were transported by ambulance to hospital with non-life-threatening fractures. The fourth female occupant did not suffer serious injuries.

The SIU has assigned six investigators, including two forensic investigators, to investigate the incident.

SIU investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision at Orford Road and Selton Line, or anyone who may have seen a vehicle being driven erratically westbound on Highway 401 between Dutton and Orford Road at approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, to contact the Unit immediately at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529, extension 2038.

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