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News Release

SIU Investigates Incident in Essex OPP Area

Case Number: 09-PVI-019

TORONTO (1 February, 2009) --- The SIU has dispatched three investigators, including a forensic identification investigator, to investigate injuries suffered by a 40-year-old Kingsville man, who was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers following a pursuit.

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on January 31, 2009, in the area of Highway 77, east of Essex, an OPP officer observed a vehicle that matched the description of a taxicab that was stolen earlier that day in the Town of Essex. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the vehicle drove away.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., while officers were attempting to stop the vehicle, the vehicle travelled into a ditch on Highway 3 near Sexton Sideroad. The driver was arrested at the scene. He later complained of pain and was transported to hospital, where it was determined that he had suffered fractured ribs.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact then SIU at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 x 1957.

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