News Release

No Grounds to Lay Charges in Relation to Durham Investigation

Case Number: 18-OCI-069

Mississauga, ON (19 February, 2019) ---
On the night of March 6, 2018, a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer attempted to stop a vehicle in Oshawa that had been reported stolen. The driver rammed the police vehicle, and then fled the scene with the officer in pursuit. Additional officers joined the pursuit, and a short time later, the vehicle became involved in a collision in Whitby. The driver fled on foot, but with the help of a police service dog, he was apprehended. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any DRPS officer in this case.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342