SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Crash

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 19 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott has concluded that there are no
reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer
committed any criminal offence in relation to the injuries suffered by a 25
year old man in a car crash in July.
    The SIU assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to
probe the circumstances of this occurrence.
    The SIU investigation determined that at 3:50 a.m. on July 25, 2009 a TPS
officer saw a car travelling at a high rate of speed along O'Connor Drive. The
officer activated the emergency equipment on her police vehicle in an attempt
to stop the car. Instead of stopping, the car fled along Victoria Park Avenue.
The officer deactivated the emergency equipment on her police vehicle. A short
time later the fleeing car struck a traffic signal pole at the intersection of
Victoria Park Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The driver of the vehicle sustained
serious injuries.
    Director Scott stated, "The subject officer had the lawful authority to
stop the vehicle pursuant to s. 216 of the Highway Traffic Act and enter into
a pursuit pursuant to s. 3(1)(b) of the Suspect Apprehension Pursuit
regulation to the Police Services Act once the vehicle failed to stop. The
officer had discontinued the pursuit before the collision. There is no
suggestion of physical contact between the pursued vehicle and the police
vehicle." Director Scott concluded, "The subject officer complied fully with
the regulation and no criminal liability may attach to her conduct."

    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

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