SIU Investigates Pursuit in Ottawa, Ontario

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking
into the circumstances surrounding the police pursuit of a vehicle in Ottawa
that resulted in injuries for both the police officer involved and the driver
of the wanted vehicle.
    Shortly after 2:30 a.m. this date, officers of the Ottawa Police Service
attempted to stop a reported stolen vehicle at Heron Road and Baycrest Street.
The vehicle went out of control about half a kilometre away on Altavista Drive
where it struck a marked cruiser; a second police vehicle, a K-9 Unit, was not
damaged. The officer involved in the collision suffered minor injuries. A
21-year-old man was treated for a broken wrist, cuts and bruises and released
into the custody of the Ottawa Police. Criminal charges in connection with the
stolen vehicle investigation being conducted by the Ottawa Police are pending.
    The SIU has assigned five investigators, including two forensic experts,
to probe the sequence of events leading up to the collision between the police
cruiser and the suspect vehicle. A total of five Ottawa Police officers have
been designated by the SIU - two as subject officers and three as witness
officers - to be interviewed as part of its overall investigation.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact
the Unit at 1-800-787-8529.

    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: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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