News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Guelph Police Pursuit

Case Number: 18-OVI-048

Mississauga, ON (29 January, 2019) ---
On February 19, 2018, a Guelph Police Service officer activated the emergency lighting system on his police cruiser in order to stop a vehicle of interest. The vehicle did not stop, but instead accelerated and sped away. The officer pursued the vehicle, but then slowed when he lost sight of it. A short distance away, the officer located the vehicle which was stuck in the ditch of the Hanlon Highway. The driver was arrested and transported to hospital for treatment. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the serious injury reportedly sustained by the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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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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