SIU Investigates Collision Involving Toronto Police



    TORONTO, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking
into the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision in downtown
Toronto on Saturday night.
    A 42 year old man suffered a broken leg after his car struck a concrete
flower pot at University Ave and Queen St. The incident began earlier when a
Toronto Police officer identified a stolen car at Yonge St and Dundas St at
approximately 7:30PM. The officer activated the emergency roof lights of his
marked cruiser and attempted to pull over the driver. The driver however
refused to stop and proceeded along Dundas St to University Ave where he
became stuck in traffic. The officer got out of his cruiser and order the
driver to get out of his car; the driver however refused and instead drove his
vehicle back and forth hitting several civilian vehicles and strucking the
officer before driving off. The vehicle proceeded a short distance south
University Ave to Queen St where the driver lost control and struck a concrete
flower pot. The 42 year old man was arrested by police and was taken to
hospital for treatment of a broken leg.
    Toronto Police will be investigating him in connection with the stolen
vehicle, while the SIU will be conducting its own investigations into police
actions in this case. The SIU is in the process of designating subject and
witness officers for interviews.
    Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call the SIU at
(416) 622-0748.

    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: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529

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