SIU Concludes Collision Investigation in Welland

    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), Ian Scott, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer committed any
criminal offence in relation to the injuries suffered by an 18-year-old man in
a collision in Welland on December 28, 2008.
    Three investigators along with two forensic investigators were assigned
to probe the circumstances of the collision.
    At approximately 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2008, a Niagara
Regional Police Service officer attempted to stop a pick-up truck on Niagara
Street North in Welland. The vehicle, which had been earlier reported stolen,
did not stop. A short pursuit ensued. The driver of the truck lost control of
the vehicle and crashed into the wall of the Pizza Hut Restaurant on Niagara
    The driver of the truck fled the scene of the collision, but was
apprehended by NRPS officers nearby. An 18-year-old male passenger was taken
to hospital and treated for a broken arm. A 17-year-old female passenger was
treated at hospital and released.
    Director Scott said, "The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the
driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. In attempting to elude the police
the driver of the pick up truck began a left hand turn, lost control of his
vehicle, and collided with a brick wall. As a result of the collision, the
18-year-old male sustained a broken arm."
    Director Scott added, "The officer had the legal authority to stop the
vehicle. The pursuit engaged in by the officer could not be considered
dangerous, as defined by the Criminal Code, given the time of day it took
place (5:30 a.m. and accordingly very few pedestrians or other drivers) and
its short duration. The injury to the 18-year-old passenger was caused by the
truck's driver driving in a dangerous manner, leading to his losing control of
his vehicle."

    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: Kaia Werbus, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de téléphone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529 x.2342

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