TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that any Peterborough-Lakefield Community Police Service (PLCPS)
officer committed any criminal offence in relation to a collision in
Peterborough on January 25, 2008.
The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to
probe the nature and extent of PLCPS involvement in the injuries suffered by a
pedestrian who was struck by a stolen vehicle.
The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 6:00 p.m. on
January 25, PLCPS officers located a car on Hemlock St. that had been reported
stolen. Other officers in marked cruisers arrived to assist. The stolen car
started to move and rammed the front of one cruiser that had attempted to
block its path. The stolen car then drove around a spike belt that had been
placed across the road and turned north onto Fairbairn St., where an officer
in another marked cruiser began to follow it. At the intersection with
Towerhill Rd., the stolen car disobeyed a traffic sign, collided with another
vehicle, lost control and struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered a
broken leg. The occupants of the stolen vehicle fled, but were later
apprehended. The complete pursuit was less than two kilometres and lasted less
than three minutes.
Director Cornish said, "There is no reasonable basis in the evidence
gathered in the course of this investigation to support the notion that any of
the officers caused the driver of the stolen car to act as he did. Indeed
there was a substantial separation between the stolen vehicle and any police
cruiser at the time of the collision; the pursuit had been initiated just
shortly before the collision occurred."
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
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