SIU Concludes Investigation in Middlesex Area



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 16 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no
reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer
committed a criminal offence in relation to the February 26, 2009 death of a
Mount Brydges man in Oneida First Nations Territory.
    The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators, to
probe the circumstances of this occurrence.
    The SIU investigation determined that at 12:30 a.m. February 26, 2009 an
OPP officer was on patrol on Bodkin Road. A car going in the opposite
direction passed the officer at a high rate of speed. The officer turned
around to investigate the vehicle. The car was located a short distance later.
It had struck a pile of gravel. The driver, 19-year old Vincent Cane Barned,
sustained fatal injuries. The officer was never engaged in a pursuit of Mr.
Barned's vehicle
    Director Scott said, "Mr. Vincent Barned was observed driving a car at a
high rate of speed northbound on Bodkin Rd. in Middlesex County in the early
morning hours of February 26, 2009. The subject officer turned his cruiser
around to investigate. In the meantime, Mr. Barned turned onto Oneida Rd. The
subject officer continued along Oneida Rd, and saw a cloud of gravel dust near
a bend in the road. Shortly thereafter the subject officer came across Mr.
Barned's extensively damaged car with the front end against a pile of gravel.
Mr. Barned was unconscious and pinned in the front seat. Mr. Barned was
pronounced dead at the scene."
    Director Scott added, "It does not appear that the subject officer was
engaged in a pursuit of Mr. Barned's motor vehicle at the time it left the
roadway and crashed into a pile of gravel. Accordingly, there is no
relationship between the unfortunate death of Mr. Barned and the actions of
the subject officer, and no criminal liability can attach to the subject
officer's actions."

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications, Service des
communications, UES, Telephone, No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or, ou
1-800-787-8529

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