News Release

SIU Concludes Collision Investigation in Cambridge

Case Number: 04-OVI-131

Mississauga (21 January, 2005) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James L. Cornish, has concluded there is no reason to believe that any Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers are criminally responsible for the single motor vehicle collision that occurred on December 21, 2004, in Cambridge.

Waterloo police notified the SIU that a Chrysler Intrepid had crashed into a hydro pole on Townline Road. The 37-year-old driver of the car suffered a broken neck and back and the 35-year-old passenger suffered a broken leg and internal injuries.

During the SIU probe, investigators canvassed the collision scene for witnesses and designated a total of 5 subject and 9 witness officers from the WRPS. SIU forensic identification technicians photographed and measured the collision scene and thoroughly examined the Intrepid and police cruiser. A collision reconstruction report was also prepared.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 4:11 a.m., a WRPS officer in a marked cruiser was patrolling Pinebush Road when he heard an audible alarm coming from nearby. The officer responded to the area of the alarm and noticed a Chrysler Intrepid that was backed up to the front door of a computer store.
As the officer approached two men ran from the store into the car, which quickly sped away. The officer activated the cruiser's lights and siren and advised the dispatcher that he was in pursuit of a car.

The Intrepid sped eastbound on Pinebush Road and disobeyed a red traffic signal at the intersection with Franklin Avenue. The officer slowed for the intersection and lost sight of the car. The officer traveled north on Townline Road, slowly patrolling for the car. Near the area of Townline and Wellington Side Roads, the officer came upon the wrecked Intrepid in a ditch. The car had lost control and struck a hydro pole.

Director Cornish stated the driver of the Intrepid caused the accident and that the officers involved in this case were only doing their duty and did nothing to cause this collision.

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. 
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