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SIU Closes Case into Orillia Custody Injury

Case Number: 10-PCI-108

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Mississauga (25 June, 2010) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit's (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the injury sustained by a 40-year-old woman in Orillia, SIU Director Ian Scott has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), occurred on June 23, 2010.

On this date, at approximately 1:00 a.m., OPP officers received information and began following a vehicle on Highway 11. They stopped the vehicle at the Bayou Road cutoff. There was an interaction, and the woman occupant of the vehicle sustained third degree burns to her body.

Three investigators and two forensic investigators probed the circumstances surrounding this incident. Based on the information obtained, it is clear that officers did not cause the woman's injury. Given the Unit's mandate, which is limited to serious injuries and deaths that may have resulted from criminal offences committed by police officers, there is nothing further to investigate. Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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