News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation in Merrickville

Case Number: 05-PCI-177

TORONTO (20 November, 2005) --- On November 20, 2005, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was notified by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) of an incident that occurred in Merrickville involving officers from the Grenville detachment.

The SIU assigned two investigators to probe the circumstances surrounding a 39-year-old woman's injuries. Investigators determined that on November 20th, at approximately 6:00 p.m., OPP officers responded to a collision in Kemptville and arrested a woman for impaired driving. After the arrest, the woman had difficulty breathing and collapsed. She was taken to Ottawa Civic Hospital for treatment. On November 21, 2005, she was released from hospital into police custody with no injuries.

As part of the investigation, investigators interviewed the treating physician and the woman and confirmed the woman's collapse was because of her intoxicated state.

Based upon the information gathered, Director James Cornish has decided to terminate the investigation because of the fact the woman suffered no serious injury during this incident.

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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