TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
looking into the circumstances surrounding the pursuit of a stolen vehicle in
Ingersoll that resulted in serious injuries to two men.
At approximately 10 p.m. on September 26, 2008, an OPP officer,
responding to reports of a car being driven erratically in the Town of
Ingersoll, spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of a Tim Hortons on King
Street. The car sped off, with the OPP officer activating his siren and
emergency roof lights in pursuit of the vehicle. About one kilometre away, the
vehicle went out of control on Charles Street, rolled down an embankment and
onto railway tracks.
The occupants of the car, two 23-year-old men from Waterloo Region, were
taken to the local hospital in Ingersoll and then transported to Victoria
Hospital in London for treatment of serious head and back injuries. They
remain in serious condition at this time.
The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers for
interviews. The Unit has assigned three field investigators, two forensic
investigators and an accident reconstructionist to investigate the nature and
extent of police involvement.
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; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca