SIU Terminates Investigation into Ottawa Incident



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 12 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU)
has terminated its investigation into an incident that occurred in Ottawa in
May.
    On May 28, 2009 the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) responded to a call on
Cleroux Street (Blackburn Hamlet). A car left the scene as an officer was
arriving. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver did not stop
and a pursuit ensued. The driver lost control of the car on Innes Road. The
car left the road and struck a parked vehicle and then a house. The driver of
the vehicle, Benjamin Clark, 19 years old, was taken to the Ottawa Civic
Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
    Mr. Clark sustained contusions and abrasions as well as a minor
laceration to the scalp. He did not require sutures. He was treated and
released from hospital in the early morning hours of May 29.
    The SIU has concluded that the injuries sustained by Mr. Clark were not
of a serious enough nature to invoke the mandate of the SIU.

    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

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