MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no
reasonable grounds to believe that a member of the Lanark Detachment of the
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) committed any criminal offence in relation to
an incident in Carleton Place on July 15, 2009.
The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances surrounding the occurrence.
The SIU investigation determined that an OPP officer saw a vehicle leave
a motel parking lot at a high rate of speed. The officer activated his
emergency equipment, but the vehicle did not stop. The officer pursued the
vehicle on Highway 7. The driver of the vehicle, 42 year old Kelly James
Hodges of Ottawa, lost control of his vehicle and collided with a westbound
SUV. Mr. Hodges suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Ottawa
Hospital, Civic Campus. The driver of the westbound vehicle was taken to
Carleton Place Hospital where he was treated and released.
Director Scott said, "The subject officer had the lawful authority to
enter into the pursuit pursuant to s. 3 of the 'Suspect Apprehension Pursuit'
regulation to the Police Services Act. He chose to call off the pursuit
shortly before Mr. Hodges lost control of his vehicle. There was no suggestion
of intentional contact between the two vehicles. In my view, the subject
officer acted lawfully during this pursuit and did not exhibit dangerous
Mr. Scott concluded, "In these circumstances, the subject office cannot
be held criminally liable for the injuries suffered by Mr. Hodges."
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: Monica Hudon, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou