SIU Concludes Investigation into Perth Crash

    TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The Deputy Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that a Perth Police Service (PPS) officer committed any criminal
offence in relation to a motor vehicle crash in Perth on November 22, 2008.
    The SIU assigned two investigators along with one forensic identification
investigator to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.
    On November 22, 2008 at 3:07 a.m. a PPS officer attempted to stop a pick
up truck that he saw travelling at a high rate of speed on Christie Lake Road.
The driver of the pick up truck, Randy McDonald, did not stop and continued
eastbound. The PPS officer lost sight of the pick up truck.
    At 3:12 a.m. the PPS received a 9-1-1 call alerting them of a crash on
Drummond Street. When the PPS officer arrived he confirmed that the vehicle
involved in the crash was the pick up truck he had tried to stop earlier on
Christie Lake Road.
    The driver of the pick up truck, Mr. McDonald, sustained serious
injuries. Mr. McDonald was airlifted to hospital in Kingston. A female
passenger in the pick up truck was not injured.
    The Deputy Director of the Special Investigations Unit James Cornish
said, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe that the Perth Police
Service officer involved in this matter committed any criminal offence."
Deputy Director Cornish added, "I am satisfied that the Perth Police Service
officer's brief and ultimately futile pursuit of Mr. McDonald did not cause
the driving or collision."

    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 extension 2342

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