SIU Concludes Investigation into Oxford County Crash



    TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that the officer involved in this investigation committed any
criminal offence.
    The SIU determined that at 3:41 a.m. on July 13, 2007, an OPP officer saw
a pickup truck go over the centre line on Tillson Avenue and cross into the
oncoming lane. As a result of this the officer decided to follow it. The
driver of the pickup continued to drive erratically and went through a stop
sign. The officer turned on his cruiser's roof lights to stop the pickup, but
it did not pull over. The pursuit lasted for two minutes and reached speeds in
excess of 100 km/h. The pursuit ended when the truck went through a stop sign
at a "T" intersection, left the road, and crashed into a culvert on Dereham
Line. One of the three passengers in the pickup, a 40-year-old man, sustained
a fracture in his right hand.
    Seven SIU investigators including two SIU Forensic Identification
Technicians (FIT) and a Collision Reconstructionist probed the circumstances
of the collision that lead to the passenger being injured.
    Director Cornish said, "The officer noticed a pickup truck cross the
centre and go into the oncoming lanes. The officer followed the pickup truck.
The officer activated his roof lights and the driver of the pickup truck did
not stop. There is no evidence that the officer interfered with the operation
of the pickup truck. The officer's driving was not a marked departure from the
standard of care one would expect from a prudent driver in the same situation
and fell well within the limits prescribed by criminal law."

    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
Attorney General.




For further information:

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

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