SIU Concludes Investigation into Blenheim Crash

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a
Chatham-Kent Police Service (CKPS) officer committed any criminal offence in
relation to the injuries suffered by a 21-year-old Blenheim man in a car crash
on September 9, 2007.
    The SIU assigned three investigators and two forensic identification
technicians to investigate this incident.
    The SIU determined that at 12:34 a.m. on September 9, 2007, a CKPS
officer was travelling northbound on Lagoon Rd. A car southbound on Lagoon
Road passed him at a high rate of speed. The CKPS officer made a U-turn to go
after the car to check on the driver's behaviour. The officer attempted to
catch up to the car, but it accelerated away from him. The officer slowed down
and activated his emergency lights. The car did not stop and he lost sight of
the car when it went over the crest of a hill in the road. The officer turned
off his emergency lights and continued along the road. A short time later he
located the car. The car had gone off the road and rolled into a field. Two
passengers in the car were treated at hospital and released. The driver
suffered paralysis in his legs and is recovering.
    Director Cornish said, "The evidence revealed that the CKPS officer was a
considerable distance from the driver's vehicle at the time of the rollover.
The officer did not cause the driver's injuries. The driver's operation of his
vehicle was the sole cause of the rollover, which led to his unfortunate
injuries. The officer's driving fell well within the limits prescribed by

    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual
assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the
Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges
are warranted based on the findings of a complete 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 telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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