SIU Concludes Investigation into Ingersoll Crash



    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The Deputy Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that an officer of the Ontario Provincial Police - Ingersoll
Detachment (OPP) committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries
suffered by two 23-year-old Waterloo men on September 26, 2008 in Ingersoll.
    On September 26, 2008 an OPP officer responded to a call about a vehicle
being driven in an erratic manner. The officer located the car, a Honda, which
was stopped at a gas pump at a gas station. The officer approached the car
with the intention of talking to the driver. Instead the driver accelerated
away.
    The officer ran back to his police car, activated the emergency lights
and siren, and began to pursue the Honda. The driver of the Honda drove
erratically and at high speeds. On Charles Street the driver of the Honda lost
control of the vehicle on a right hand bend in the road. The Honda left the
roadway and went airborne over an embankment before coming to rest in a field.
The occupants in the Honda, Jamie Picard and Martin Rosinski, both sustained
serious injuries in the crash. The men were taken to hospital by ambulance for
treatment.
    Deputy Director of the SIU James Cornish said, "The officer had received
information that the driver of the Honda was possibly an impaired driver. The
officer identified the Honda at a gas station and approached the driver's side
of the car attempting to speak to the driver. The officer was clearly in the
lawful execution of his duties as he embarked on a pursuit of the vehicle in
an effort to apprehend it and its occupants."
    Mr. Cornish added, "The officer had his emergency lights and siren on at
all times through the incident warning other motorists in the area of the
unfolding pursuit. The officer was also mindful of his speeds throughout and
remained a sufficient distance behind the Honda affording its driver ample
opportunity to come to a safe stop if he chose to do so. It should also be
noted that the pursuit was relatively short in duration and distance, and that
traffic, environmental and road conditions did not add to the dangers inherent
in any police pursuit. In these circumstances, I am satisfied that the officer
exercised a level of care that fell within the limits prescribed by the
criminal law."

    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 extension 2342

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