Communiqué de presse

No Criminal Wrongdoing on Part of Police Officer in Relation to Oshawa Collision Following Pursuit

Numéro du dossier: 18-OVI-025

Mississauga, ON (23 janvier 2019) ---
On February 1, 2018, Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers stopped a vehicle in an Oshawa parking lot after observing what they believed to be a drug transaction.  The officers approached the vehicle and asked the driver to produce his driver’s licence. Suddenly, the driver accelerated and sped out of the parking lot. A pursuit was initiated. Shortly after, the vehicle of interest left the roadway, crossed a ditch, and collided with a hydro pole, shearing it in half, before the vehicle flipped over and came to rest on its roof.  The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against a DRPS officer in relation to the serious injury sustained by one of the vehicle occupants.

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

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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